As the weather begins to turn, you may be considering having your Upstate South Carolina deck sealed or stained. As simple as it may seem to stain your deck, there’s actually a lot of steps to it that require a great deal of care. A Perfectionist Touch has years of experience in preparing decks for the winter with expert attention to details.
A proper seal is crucial for protecting the deck. A sealer is a transparent coating that can be tinted or clear. When applied to the wood, the sealer is absorbed and creates an excellent barrier against moisture and decay. If it is clear, the sealer will not offer UV protection which means your deck will fade over time and the wood can dry out and crack. If the sealer is tinted, it will do more towards rebuffing UV rays.
A stain is good protection against moisture and will provide much more UV protection than a sealer would. It also provides a unified color for your deck which can be attractive. Stains don’t absorb into the wood like sealers do. Rather, they provide a coating across the top of the wood to resist moisture. Stains can come in semi-solid and solid forms which provide even more moisture and UV resistance.
Here are some ways that having a professional application of sealer or stain on your deck can save you money:
- Extensive prep work – Before the sealing or staining step can begin, the deck must be prepped. Testing it for a water-tight seal, brushing it down, washing it, applying a cleaner and rewashing it are all part of the preparation steps. A day or two of complete drying are then needed before applying the sealer or stain.
- Save the wood – Over time, the moisture barrier of the previous stain or sealer breaks down. Severe weather elements and strong UV rays break down the protection and the wood becomes stressed and faded. A professional application of sealer or stain can literally save your deck by protecting it against further decay. A sealer needs to be reapplied each year. A stain can last longer, depending on the type of stain used.
- Protecting your investment – A deck is a fairly substantial investment and repairing or replacing it would cost a considerable amount of money. To protect your investment and preserve your deck, A Perfectionist Touch can apply the right sealer or stain to make a difference.
Call today for your free consultation
To get started on a professional stain or sealer application for your deck, call us at (864) 325-2722 or fill out our fast inquiry form. We will schedule a free initial consultation to evaluate your deck and its settings to determine the best treatment to use.
A professional sealer or stain treatment by A Perfectionist Touch can give your deck a long lifespan, weathering the storms that come and go each year. Your beautifully preserved deck can provide your home with the additional space and outdoor enjoyment that can add dimension to your life.