Why is my wooden deck gray colored?
The gray look on your deck comes as a result of Ultraviolet light. These UV rays damage the surface of your wood leaving it dull and gray.
Why does my wood need protection?
Wood on the exterior of your home takes quite a beating. Rain, snow, mildew, mold, and the sun's rays can quickly destroy the looks and condition of exterior wood. Constant cycles of temperature varying as much as 60 degrees in a single day, along with wet/dry cycles will shrink and expand wood, leading to cracking, checking, and splitting. Cleaning and sealing will not only moisturize the dry wood but provide a beautiful finish that resists graying and protects against mildew.
I have pressure treated lumber. Isn't that enough?
Pressure treating is a process by which certain chemicals are injected into the wood. Although this typically protects wood from insects and rotting, the wood remains vulnerable to excessive moisture and UV damage from the sun.
Can power washing damage the existing wood on my deck?
If washed with to much pressure the water can actually blast away soft fibers of wood between the hard wood grain making the board look rough and damaged. Great care is taken when we pressure wash any wood surface to ensure that the cleaning process does not harm your deck, paint, siding or landscaping when we restore your deck project.
Why should I strip my deck of old sealer?
When applying Ready Seal we recommend stripping off any existing layers because the application of a new sealer on top of an existing one won't allow the new coat to fully penetrate the wood surface. This leads to a blotchy finish that will flake and peel in a short amount of time when exposed to the elements. Most sealers aren't designed to dry on top of another coat of sealent, they are designed to bind to wood fibers.