Unfortunately, deck coating failures are a common problem in the Northwest. Here, a latex based material is no longer holding on. It is for all practical purposes floating and adhered only to itself. If your deck is in this state, the whole surface needs to be tested for adhesion; failed materials must be removed.
Our preferred method is high pressure water. Not only does it kill two birds with one stone by testing for adhesion and removing failed materials, it also deeply cleans the surface for proper penetration of the new materials. **DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS!!** It is extremely messy and you WILL gouge the wood if you don’t know what you are doing.
Once complete, the areas can be sanded to remove roughness. The new solid body stain coatings will now have a chance to last and not just fail prematurely like a band-aid coating; the core problem has been addressed.
A special situation deck we provided coatings for. Here the owner utilized architectural steel to basically cantilever this deck out over a basalt ledge. Coatings were called for because the underneath is visible from below, as well as to protect the steel, brackets, and beams for life.
Exposed metal and welds were ground down, galvanized with zinc, and other galvanized fasteners were treated with rust inhibitive primer. Lastly, metal was coated with DTM paint and beams were stained with solid body stain
We have experience with deck repairs and construction. Here is a picture of some custom wire railings installed on a deck we constructed with 16′ redwood planking. This style meets all current building codes and provides unobstructed lines of sight for about the same cost as spindled railings and significantly less money than glass paneled railings
One of our more involved paint jobs included repairing this back porch which was sagging from poor sub-framing and also had some rot developing at the earth to wood contact sites
The sub-framing was re-done and new tongue and groove decking installed and stained along with cedar siding to tie into the house’s lap siding. Also, the decorative wrought iron railings were sanded down and repainted.
This is a picture of a concrete front porch that was suffering from multiple layers of old, failing porch paint. To provide the best job possible and to fix some underlying issues, the porch was ground down to bare concrete with a diamond grinder and cracks stuffed with backer rod before being filled with some specialty concrete sealants.
This is the porch now after fixing the cracks, sealing the gaps between the stairs and surrounding brickwork, and applying an industrial two-part epoxy finish, with traction additive, and a sealing topcoat of satin polyurethane. This product will leave the porch looking great far into the future.
Restoring old wood porches is one of our fortes and something we enjoy doing. We use sanding and prep techniques along with cutting edge products that can beautify and protect the charm of your historic porch for many years to come!