A: There are a few things that determine this. How old is your deck? Wood takes about twice as much stain (but it will last longer). Horizontal surfaces deteriorate twice as fast as vertical surfaces. To determine if it’s time to re-stain your deck, do a splash test. Simply put some water on the surface. If the wood quickly absorbs the water it’s time for maintenance. With the sealer we use, just wash the surface with soap, wait for deck to dry out, and re-apply another coat of sealer. This maintenance coat will require half the amount that’s required when a deck is originally restored.
Q: Is it necessary to clean minor debris like twigs from between deck slats before you begin refinishing?
A: Absolutely, we clean gaps between boards before we refinish.
Q: After you finish the work on my deck, what do I do to keep it looking good?
A: The safest method is to mix liquid laundry detergent with very cold water and scrub the deck with a gentle brush.
Q: How many years do you suggest I go before re-staining?
A: For the first maintenance, 20-24 months for horizontal surfaces, 48 months on verticals. If you follow this schedule and use the same sealer we suggest, you will need to do less and less maintenance over time.
Q: Why should I repair my concrete rather than replace it?
A: Replacing your concrete means you will pay the price of rip out, disposal, re-form, and re-pour. Since this requires large equipment, there is a greater chance that damage will occur to your landscape and surroundings. When you have new concrete poured, two things will be promised. One, the concrete will get hard and two, it will crack. The new concrete will stain, absorb oil, get damaged by salts and have a strength rating of 3,000 to 4,000 PSI. Repairing concrete with the CTi Concrete System will strengthen the existing concrete to 7,000 PSI; resist stains, oil spills and salt damage. Additionally, you will add beauty to your property and increase its value in the process.
Q:How do you treat control or expansion joints?
A: All existing control joints should remain in the surface to allow for expansion and contraction of the original concrete. They are not coated and are masked off. We can, however, work to insure these joints match the rest of the look of the surfaces.