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How to stain your deck in 3 easy steps

If hiring a contractor isn't in the budget this year and you’re ready to take on the project yourself, learn these three easy steps to staining your deck.

After a harsh winter, get your home looking fresh and clean with a professional pressure washing. (Photo by Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dee G.)
Pressure Washing, Deck Maintenance, Decks & Porches

Keep your home clean inside and out by hiring a pro to pressure wash your home's siding and get your deck ready for spring.

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Professionals say most decks require staining every two to three years.

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Deck Maintenance, Decks & Porches

Ready to tackle some deck maintenance? There are a lot of terms to understand, from joists to ledger boards. Here is a glossary of deck terms you should know.

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Decks & Porches, Deck Maintenance

See how this homeowner achieved a high-end finish for a high-in-the-air project

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As stated by others: You get what you pay for.  Many contractors no longer use employees.  The cost/benefit ratio is gone by the time worker's comp. insurance, unemplyment and other taxes are paid.  Especially with the high turnover in our industry.  Many, myself included, have our guys set up as sub-contractors.  That means even if the job is only for a day the duties have been outlined and a set pay to complete those duties has been established from the onset.  It's a better way to manage costs once I got used to it.  Also, it means I can operate cheaper and not have to charge as much to the customer.  My agreements with my guys, which they sign, make it clear that I nor the homeowner are responsible for their safety and medical care should a problem arise and that all parties are relieved of any such obligation.  If you hire a contractor who follows this growing practice ask to see a copy of his sub-contractor agreement.

That being said, a legitimate contractor still has operating cost which vary by area and how they run their business.  I break even at $150/day not including labor and materials so I've got to charge more than that to make money.  To keep the math simple, if I'm paying $250 for a pne day job in labor plus another $300 in materials and $150 operating costs I've got to charge $700 to the customer to break even.  That's if I'm only doing one job a day which is why most of us manage several at a time.  The point I'm trying to make is that someone with the necessary knowledge and experience to build you a safe deck is not going to be cheap.  Knowledge accompanies success which costs money.

I've repaired or restructured several decks built by handymen who should find another profession.  Ask yourself this question when hiring someone for this project: Would I trust this person to build my house?  If the answer is no you need to find someone else.  The deck is just as important.  It's where your family, friends, kids are going to gather and interact.  If it isn't structurally sound it can collapse causing injury or even death.  One last word on decks: Always screw a deck together, don't nail it.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com
San Antonio, TX
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I agree with Jim Casper - after about 50 years of dealing with weathered wood finishing both in my homes and in the construction business, it comes down to about 90% preparation, 10% the finishing. If you do not prep the wood right, any moisture, mold, etc in the wood will destroy whatever you put over it.

High-build finishes like paint and epoxies and, from reading the Rustoleum flyer on this new product that too, work by trying to make an impenetrable surface and depend on a very good bond with the surface, AND no water getting under them. Because they are thick and are designed to provide a waterproof surface, unfortunately where water gets under them they are just as good or better at keeping it from evaporating, so you get fungal growth, blistering, and peeling.

Unfortunately, on deck and most outdoor applications except siding the surface will get nicked, scratched and otherwise develop leaks in short order. Water will therefore get into the underlying wood, and because it entered through small cracks and scratches, does not have any airflow to make it evaporate, so it sits there and breaks the finish bond to the wood (causing peeling and blisters), and promotes decay. That is why new deck boards and siding and trim that have been heavily or multi-coat painted on all 4 sides, thinking that will give the best protection, only last a few years versus the usual 10-20 years or so for boards that are painted top and sides only.

The full sun and hot conditions will, of course, cause more thann normal heating of dark colored painted decking. I had one instance where I was doing an independent appraisal of a very large commercial deck at a government facility, and in 85-90 degree daytime temps, in the sushine the chocolate brown deck surface temp was 150 degrees, and the paint was softening so much it stuck to the bottom of your shoes a couple of months after application.

As Jim said, the studies pretty clearly show that a breathable penetrating stain gives the best life, after plain ACA/CCA (copper chromium variations - the green stuff) treated wood. Penetrating stains, properly applied, do NOT seal in the moisture, they inhibit its entry and (when dark colored) help protect against sun damage to the wood and finish, but still breathe enough to let moisture escape on dry days. For my money, I will only use petroleum distillate (paint thinner cleanup) products, as they penetrate into the wood much better. Water based ones immediately start swelling the wood pores, so it blocks further penetration of the stain, which while cleanup is a bit easier, totally defeats the purpose of a PENETRATING stain or sealer.

I would recommend against any sort of waterproofing sealer, as they trap the water just like paint, and I have never seen one that is effective for 2 years.

My personal preference, though it limits the architectural coloration possibilities, is ground-contact rated copper compound treated wood (NOT the Wolmanized brown product), which comes green initially but can be retreated with either green or brown solution or can be liquid colorized darker (though not easily to a specific tone) using either of those as a base. My practice is to redo the treatment before installation to ensure thorough treatment, as from the mill it commonly has skips where boards contacted each other or where stacking seperators laid on it, and the ends are commonly very poorly done. This is done after cutting to length, as cut ends have to be retreated anyway.  A simple short deck cleaner soak followed by a light pressure washing and brush or roller re-treating of ONLY the TOP surface every 10 years or so has, for me, reduced visible weathering of the boards and beams to negligible.

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Assuming you buy the right size door to fit the rough opening, and that your old door is not a size that is no longer made, and that you get the correct depth and transition adapters and sills and flashing and trim and seals and such, and that you transport it home without distorting and damaging it, then removal and disposal of old one and install new one probably about $250-400 depending on how well it fits, number of transition and similar pieces that have to be assembled (from 1 or 2 for some doors to as many as 30 on others).

The laundry list of things at the start WAS intended to intimidate you - I would say not 1 in 25 homeowners who buy a new patio door have bought it the right size for the rough opening and have everything needed to install it - the contractor almost invariably has to go get materials or parts to complete the installation - sometimes waiting weeks for factory adapters that are needed or missing parts AFTER the original door has already been taken out.

I would question why you are going to probably spend as much installing a door that may not do the job for you as the cost of the door. I would hazard at least half of people who go buy a $250-400 cheap door at a box store are sorely disappointed within months - due to poorly fitted parts, bad or non-existent seals causing drafts or water leaks, fogging or breaking glass, etc.

I would recommend you assess your needs, in conjunction with your installer find a decent and reputable brand unit to fit that need and that fits the loction right, and probably pay 50% more installed but have something that you might actually be happy with. Oh - BTW - your best installers generally will not install the cheapest box store units because they do not want the callbacks, so many times the quality of the installer who will actually do the job for you at a price you are willing to pay gives you a job that is - you guessed it, worth what you paid for it.

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The product has evolved considerably since the lawsuit.

 

I would still do your own research and give you contractor your feedback.  At the end of the day, the cost for whatever board you want will be similar. 

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Deck Cleaning reviews in Cleveland

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Working with
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was great. From when we first met to when the work started we changed our request numerous times (new home-owners!), but he was flexible, informed and informative, and very helpful. We have a 125-year old house, and worked with
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to make sure the repairs matched the architecture. We had a pre-meeting before the work began to go over the final details and schedule, which was reassuring and helped answer questions. When the work began he was an excellent communicator, letting us know when he would be there and what he would be working on. He and his team were very efficient, and accommodating of special requests (like setting the alarm).
- Bradley R.
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The house was power washed and then after a week and half they arrived to stain the entire house. They spent 3 whole days doing a large ranch. They were helpful and through/
- Wanda J. G.
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Evidently, I'm not the only Angies List member to have problems getting a quote from
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; at some point, you need to quite making excuses, fix YOUR company problems (own them) and finally....just take responsibility for the mistakes you're making. Excuses are exactly that, excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Drew H.
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was terrific. In spite of excessive rain and weather delays, he stayed on it and showed up every possible time the sun was shining. Quality of work was excellent; he knows his stuff. Was very helpful. I'll hire him again in a second.
He may need payments all along to help with his cash flow.
- Ann K.
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They did and excellent job. The guys kept things clean and respected my garden. They did a great prep job and did a few extras for us. They duplicated a piece of my ornamental wear that was missing on the house. The painters were dressed appropriately. They washed the windows before they left. They were respectful of the neighbors and very nice to work with.
- BETSY M.
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I called and left a message which was returned by Mr.
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. He agreed to come to my house on a particular date at a certain time to give me a price on refinishing my deck. He did not come and did not call me to say that he was not coming.
- JAMES B.
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met me for the estimate on time right from the job he was working on. The first impression counted. He was friendly, down to earth and obviously a working painter. I did have three other estimates; I was not impressed. I talked to
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on 9/28 and we scheduled right away for 10/1. The whole crew was friendly and diligent. There was communication everyday about the progress and any questions or concerns. The total work time was 5 1/2 days. I could not be happier with the finished product.
- ANGEL N.
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Disappointed that at the last minute he changed the schedule. He knew where the work needed to be done and should have made arrangements earlier in the process.
- DENNIS C.

Porch Cleaning Contractors in Cleveland

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Textbook Painting

13000 Athens Ave
Lakewood

The Anthony Company Inc

8615 Ranch Dr
Chesterland

The Beard Group Ltd

3637 Green Rd
Beachwood

The Deck Doctor & House Medic

467 Center Rd
Hinckley

The ERS Group LLC

5834 Mayfield Rd
Mayfield Hts

The Expert Painting Co

9757 Devon Road
Avon

The Final Coat Inc

125 Kelly Ave
Akron

THE FINISHING TOUCH

6454 CARTER BLVD
Mentor

The Fix It Wizard

York Rd.
North Royalton

The Footer Up

1524 Clarendon Ave SW
Canton

The HandyMan

1138 Cherokee Trail
Willoughby

The House Doctors

1330 Ranchland Dr
Cleveland

The House Surgeon

3681 Green Rd
Beachwood

The Painting Pros

781 E Reagan Pkwy
Medina

THE RENAISSANCE GROUP

4001 Keller-Hanna Dr
Brunswick

The Ultimate Deck Inc.

4755 Park Drive
Sheffield Lake

thecincihandyman.com

PO Box 498245
Cincinnati

THOROUGH PRO PAINTING

5706 E ASH RD
Independence

Tim's Home Improvement

5590 S Main St
Akron

TJD Landscape

234 Dennison Ave
Akron

TONY'S PAINTING COMPANY

804 Havenwood Dr
Akron

Tony's Xtreme Builders

3277 Washington Blvd
Cleveland Heights

Toska Home Improvements Inc.

22455 Lake Rd.
Rocky River

Toth Painting Solutions

5530 State Rd
Cleveland

TROTTAS POWER WASHING

4822 State Rd Ste A
Peninsula

True Landscaping, Inc.

958 Lloyd Rd
Wickliffe

TTB Home Improvements, LLC

5239 E 102nd St
Cleveland

Universal Painting and Window Cleaning

31739 Dickerson Rd
Esastlake

Vireo Design

3401 Wood Rd
Madison

VOLPE MILLWORK

4500 LEE RD
Cleveland

Wahoo Contractors

30400 detriot rd

WALKER PAINTING & WALLCOVERING

23123 BUCK RD
Alliance

Warner Finishing

3730 padanarum rd

Warren & Sons Construction

6051 Douglas Dr
Madison

We-R-Clean & Clear

1077 N Main St
Akron

Weatherseal Home Services Inc

227 Munroe Falls Ave
Cuyahoga Falls

Weaver Restoration

48 1st St
Hudson

West Construction

753 Avon Belden Rd. , Suite E
Avon Lake

white cloud carpentry

12701 erwin ave
Cleveland

Wilkshire Enterprises LLC

PO Box 439
Bolivar

Williams Renovations, LLC

4182 SIEFER DRIVE

WIZARD OF WOOD CO INC

262 Main St
Berea

WOOD TECH CONSTRUCTION INC

6358 CONLEY RD
Painesville

wow home improvment

952 n. huntington st.
Medina

Wrangler Landscaping and Plow LLC

7094 Rushmore Way
Painesville

Yardmans Home Services Inc

610 Golden Oak
Oakwood

Your Family Handyman & More, LLC

P.O. Box 361773
Strongsville

Your Maintenance Man

1008 Woodland Ave SW
North Canton

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