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Deck Staining

Proper staining is an important maintenance to keep your playscape protected from the elements and save home owners the cost of replacement in the long run. In the hot Austin Texas weather, its recommended to stain your wood playscape every 3-5 years. Unprotected wood can become susceptible to mold and mildew which decreases the life of the playscape.

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Deck Staining FAQ’s

  • Q: Does my deck need to be cleaned before it can be stained?
    A: If it is Grey then it will need to be cleaned. The grey is actually an algae. We clean most of the decks we stain. If your deck is new or still appears new then it is unnecessary to clean it.
  • Q: How do you clean a deck?
    A: We typically use a bleach based cleaning solution followed by a water rinse, without any pressure washing. If there is a previous stain on deck (or an older deck), pressure washing will be needed.

  • Q: How do you apply stain?
    A: We spray via low pressure, followed immediately by back-brusining (hand brushing). Back brushing works the stain into the wood and eliminates drips, runs and spray marks.
  • Q: What type of stain do you use?
    A: We use Cabot brand Oil Based stains, Although very expensive, we have found these to be the longest lasting stains on the market.
  • Q: How much stain will you use on my deck?
    A: Typically we will use 1 gallon of stain per 170-190sf.
  • Q: How will you protect my property and plants from stain?
    A: We use cardboard along the bottom of your deck to protect your grass. We also use large cardboard pieces when working up next to your house. The most important part of controlling your stain is to apply on a day with very little wind. There are typically only 2 days/ week that are good for staining here in Austin, the other days are just too gusty.
  • Q: When will my freshly stained wood be ready for rain or sprinklers?
    A: With temperatures into the 70s and 80’s the stain is usally water ready withing 2-4 hours.
  • Q: What is the most overlooked detail regarding a staining project?
    A: Definitely the product. Here in Texas, an inferior product (and most of them are inferior, including Behr (I have to really wonder how Consumer Reports can give a nod to a product that is so prone to peeling), Sherwin-WIlliams….etc) will last little more than a year or 2 on a deck. This is why I now use Cabot. Cabot Semi-Solids (Inot Solid) is my preference for ultimate deck durablility. I stained my own deck with Cabot 4 years ago as a test and by the looks of it now I should have at least another 3 years or more from it. I can also share with you my own personal experience with products such as Wood Defender, TWP , and Ready Seal.
  • Q: What stain colors last the longest?
    A: Typically colors with very little pigment (very light and clear colors) will have the shortest life.

Great Dane Staining is Austin's #1 fence and wood staining company. We provide our customers with the highest quality of workmanship and most excellent customer service. As a leading Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Allandale, Kyle, Buda, Steiner Ranch, Avery Ranch and Crystal Falls fence stainer, we use only the highest quality wood staining brands such as Cabot wood stain, Ready Seal wood stain and Olympic wood stain. We also offer a wide variety of other wood staining and wood restoration services; pergola staining, garage door staining, shutters staining, kids playground staining, deck staining, arbor staining, trellis staining, patio covers and gazebo staining. We look forward to providing you with outstanding customer service and serve all your wood staining needs in the Austin Texas areas.

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