Hardwood Deck Refinishing

We do a lot of hardwood deck restoration work in the Denver Metro area, and even though the wood itself can last a lifetime, it can be tricky to work with. You may have a deck constructed out of mahogany, ipe, tigerwood, or batu lumber, but they all have the same three issues listed below.

Cupping: The lumber usually comes from a very humid environment and always to our very dry environment. After the lumber is installed to your deck, it can be shocked by the arid climate and start to warp (very little or a lot depending on how well it was installed). In most cases the cupping will be unnoticeable but when a bad stain/sealant like Penofin needs to be sanded it off it becomes a problem. Our flat floor sanders will only be able to remove stain from the tops of the boards, which are only the cupped up edges. The middle valley of the boards will have to be sanded off tediously by hand, and this creates much more labor than working with softer woods.

Density: Hardwood lumber is extremely dense, and this is what makes it so attractive to use, and also why it can be difficult to maintain. Because the wood pores are so dense it can be difficult for stain to penetrate like it does in redwood or cedar. Most companies have stains designed for hardwoods, but they’re mostly wood sealers, they tend to sit on top of the wood and are prone to peeling. Boodge makes a special stain for hardwoods that doesn’t seal from the outside, it utilizes it’s existing moisturizing properties with added pigment to protect hardwood decks; and the best part is, because it’s not a sealer, no more sanding is necessary.

Maintenance: Once we remove any old failing sealant from the hardwood deck, and after it’s refinished with the Boodge hardwood decking stain, what’s the maintenance plan? This is where it gets a little tricky and subjective. Since the deck is so dense and weather resistant, it can last years without refinishing. So this is what I always tell people, the floor is going to start losing the finish in as little as a year, and if you want to keep a freshly stained look, the deck will have to be power washed/cleaned and re-stained every 1-2 years. However, I think it’s best to have it stained, let it go completely grey, and have it restored every 3-5 years. This way you are spending less money and still enjoying a well-maintained deck. Give us a call, and we can talk about it!

–Neill McKenzie