Envirotek Restoration, Inc. | Restoring Wood Decks
The Process of Restoring and Preserving Wood Decks
The cleaning and preserving of your natural wood deck involves several steps. Envirotek Restoration, Inc. takes each and every step very seriously.
Step One: Surrounding vegetation that might be affected by the cleaning and preservation process is covered and/or pulled away from the surface being worked on to protect it from any damage.
Step Two: Envirotek Restoration, Inc. then cleans the deck using the proper level of pressurized water and cleanser.Use of high pressure can cause damage to the wood surface. Using the proper pressure combined with the proper volume of water will minimize damage to the wood. It is recommended not to exceed 1500 - 2000 PSI (pounds per square inch) on the wood. By using a pressure washer which applies 6 gallons per minute (a large volume of water) we avoid using excessive pressure on the wood. Thus protecting the wood from gouges and scaring.As important as it is to use the proper pressure and volume of water, it is equally important to use the proper cleanser for your deck. Application of the cleanser on the wood surface dissolves the old stains, dirt, mold, mildew and dead cells.
Step Three: After cleaning the deck, brightener is applied to enhance the color of the wood and return it to its natural status. Without use of the brightener, the deck will remain dull in color.
Step Four: we let the deck dry for approximately 24 to 48 hours, depending on the weather.
Step Five: Once the deck has dried, we return to your home to flush the nails and to sand the flat surfaces of the natural wood deck. Newer decks or those in better condition may not require sanding. Envirotek Restoration, Inc. uses commercial orbital sanders with the proper grade of sandpaper to smooth the flat surfaces of the deck. The grade of sandpaper varies according to the quality, age and condition of the wood. If required, Envirotek Restoration, Inc. also replaces damaged boards. Not all decks require boards to be replaced.
Step Six: Envirotek Restoration, Inc. then applies one or two coats TWP (Total Wood Protectant) to the flat surfaces, and one coat TWP to the railings and verticals of your deck. The two coats are applied wet on wet. Envirotek Restoration, Inc. uses one of the highest quality products on the market to preserve your deck; TWP (Total Wood Protectant). The vast majority of decks are made from redwood. Redwood is a soft wood. TWP penetrates deep into the wood to protect it from the inside out. However, other preservatives will be used to preserve your deck if it is made from one of the many hardwoods currently being imported from South America, such as ironwood, etc.
Step Seven: We recommend allowing at least 48 hours drying time prior to using the deck.
Step Eight: Invite friends and family over for a barbecue and show off your beautiful new looking deck.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Natural soft wood decks should be cleaned and preserved every 16 -18 months, while hardwood decks should be maintained every 6 - 12 months on average depending upon the amount of sunlight it receives, usage and exposure to the elements. Some decks can go longer, while others need to be maintained more often.
The moisture content of exterior soft woods should be within 17% to 19%. When exterior woods are not preserved they will absorb more moisture than recommended during the rainy season and retain less water than recommended during the dry season. When exterior woods are preserved, they will repel excess water during the rainy season and retain the proper amount of moisture during the dry season for the active life of the preservative. Envirotek Restoration, Inc. uses the highest quality product on the market for preserving soft woods; TWP (Total Wood Protectant).