We are proud to be the leading outdoor wood staining and sealing company in Birmingham Alabama. Our team of experts can handle any project! We use the best stains and wood restoration products on the market and are trained in the latest wood care techniques.
Whether it's pressure-treated pine, cedar, cypress, redwood, or even high-end exotic hardwood, the right care and maintenance will protect exterior wood structures and keep them looking their best for years. Outdoor wood structures can last far longer when properly stained and sealed, and the protection our service provides is among the best ways to protect them from the elements.
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A fence, deck, or other wood structures on your property are worth protecting. They provide an outdoor living space, privacy, and aesthetic appeal. Staining and sealing your fence, deck, or other outdoor wood structure offers a number of benefits to the homeowner, including preservation of the wood, protection from the elements and wear, and restoring existing structures to their original beauty.
If your wood structure has recently been built, you might need to wait a period of time before staining it. Although there are differences in opinion about when wood structures should be stained, there is a general rule of thumb. If the wood has a moisture level below 13%, then it can be stained. However, delays might occur in the event of rain, so it is best to stain when there are a few clear weather days in a row.
In general, there are no temperature or sunlight restrictions on our oil-based penetrating stains. However, the wood must be dry, with a moisture level under 13%. As a result, in most parts of the country, it is generally safe to stain year-round.
We always recommend that you pick the stain you like best! Some stain colors tend to be a bit more popular than others due to variances in maintenance or appeal. Darker colors generally require less maintenance than lighter or natural tones. Dark stains and black stains have become popular for creating a bold style and often produce a great contrast against homes or other structures, with the added benefit of requiring less maintenance. However, if you need a bit more guidance, there are a few things that you can take into consideration when choosing a stain color.
If you have existing wood structures on your property, you might want to choose a stain that complements them. Another consideration you might need to take into account is if there are any HOA regulations. Some HOAs require particular colors of stain or need advanced approval for stains. Keep in mind that colors appear slightly different in different lights. Just like how a paint color inside a house can look different at various times during the day, your fence or deck stain can appear slightly different in various lighting situations as well. It is always a good idea to stain a sample of the type of wood you are using so you can see it throughout the day to make sure it is the stain color you want.
When you stain your exterior wood project or structure, you are protecting the investment you made to build that structure. The cost of staining can vary slightly, but this is a guide to the general investment:
To have a fence stained, the price generally ranges from $0.7 - $1.25 per square foot on most projects. Because decks tend to have more details than fences, they are priced a bit differently. The floors range from $3.00 - $5.00 per square foot, steps range from $25.00 - $40.00 each, and deck railings range from $10.00 - $20.00 per linear foot. Posts, beams, and undersides of the deck can be done for an additional cost.
In general, you want your contractor to be able to access the fence, deck, or other structure with ease. Trimming back large landscaping, such as shrubs and smaller trees, from the area will help your contractor be able to get to all parts of your structure. Try to remove all furniture from decks, along with ornamental items or decor, such as hanging or potted plants, patio lighting (if it is against the fence or in the way of a deck structure), and outdoor rugs. Mowing the grass around the base of all structures is beneficial, along with weeding along fence lines. Also, your contractor would appreciate if you turn off any scheduled sprinkler use.
Maintaining your outdoor space is just as important as maintaining your indoor space! Several times a year, it is recommended to clean stained decks and fences with a broom or leaf blower to keep dirt particles and debris off the wood. A soft wash with gentle cleaning chemicals is recommended once a year to "sanitize" your wood structures and kill any organic growth that might accumulate. Other than general cleaning, it is best to apply a maintenance coat of stain to your fence every three years to keep it looking perfect. For decking, this practice is best done every two years on horizontal surfaces and high-traffic areas and every four years on vertical surfaces such as railings or spindles. This maintenance suggestion also depends on the color of stain you have chosen for your structure. Maintenance could be needed sooner for lightly pigmented colors or natural tones, while more heavily pigmented and darker stains tend to last longer between applications.
It is not too late to stain your fence or deck! Even an older structure can be cleaned and restored. If your fence or deck is not very old, a basic wash is usually needed prior to staining and sealing. If your fence or deck is a bit older, a full restoration might be necessary before staining. This would include a thorough cleaning and a wood brightener application. For decks, the wood usually needs to be sanded after the cleaning process has been completed and before the staining begins.
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