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Pergola Staining

When it comes to home improvement and maintenance, the value of proper staining should not be underestimated. Whether you’re looking to enhance the look of your outdoor living spaces or simply protect your investment, regular staining of your wooden pergola is a must. In Austin, Texas, where the climate is hot and humid, it’s crucial to stain your pergola every 3-5 years to keep it looking its best and extend its lifespan.

Unprotected wood is prone to rot, decay, and discoloration caused by the harsh elements, as well as the growth of mold and mildew. This not only detracts from the aesthetic appeal of your home but also significantly decreases the lifespan of your pergola. On the other hand, regular staining not only protects your wooden structures from the elements but also provides a beautiful finish that can enhance the overall look of your home.

At Great Dane Staining, we understand the importance of proper staining and are committed to providing the best quality services to our clients in Austin and the surrounding communities. Our team of experts has years of experience in the industry and is equipped with the knowledge and skills required to achieve a beautiful and long-lasting finish. We use only top-quality staining products that are specifically designed for the harsh Austin climate, ensuring the best possible results.

If you’re looking to maintain and enhance the beauty of your wooden pergola, give us a call today for a free estimate. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you take the first step in securing the longevity and protection of your pergola.

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Pergola Staining FAQ’s

  • Q: Does my pergola 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 pergolas we stain. If your pergola is new or still appears new then it is unnecessary to clean it.
  • Q: How do you clean a pergola?
    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 pergola (or an older pergola), 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 pergola?
    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 pergola 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 pergola. This is why I now use Cabot. Cabot Semi-Solids (Inot Solid) is my preference for ultimate pergola durablility. I stained my own pergola 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, Hutto, 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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