1. How much would you charge to stain my fence?
The price to stain a fence is based on square footage. Our prices range from at $.35 to $.65 per square foot, depending on the condition of the fence, how much hand staining, amount of prep work required and accessibility.
2. How much would you charge to stain my deck?
The price to stain a deck is based on square footage. Our prices range from $.75 to $1.50 per square foot, depending on the condition of the deck, how much hand staining, amount of prep work required and accessibility.
3. Why is staining my deck more expensive per square foot than my fence?
Several factors come into play. First, is that the price for Deck stain is more expensive than the Fence stain. Second is that deck staining usually requires more time in preparing the area around the deck prior to staining to prevent inadvertent staining of other surfaces. Finally, since wood acts like a sponge and absorbs the stain throughout, we saturate the deck with twice as much stain per square foot than a fence. This increases the decks appearance and longevity of the stains rich color.
4. Can you stain my weathered fence and deck or will they need to be bleached or power washed?
Older and unprotected wood can become grey, green or even black. This color change represents natural aging of wood and the possible growth of mold, mildew, and/or algae. In order to achieve the best effect, the wood surface area needs to be cleaned prior to applying stain. We do not pressure wash our fence surfaces due to the serious potential of damaging the integrity of the wood.
5. If I am not ready for staining, are you willing to simply clean the wood?
Although we highly recommend staining after we clean, we would be more than happy to provide two separate services at your request.
6. How long would it take to stain my fence or deck?
On a low wind day and few obstacles, the average 250' fence should take around three hours. If cleaning is required, it will take an additional day for drying. The average deck usually takes around two hours also depending on weather conditions and preventive measures required prior to staining. This includes moving furniture, applying painters tape and plastic to concrete, siding, windows and covering plants with cotton cloth. However, an additional day may also be required if the deck also requires cleaning.
7. Does staining a fence or deck last forever?
No. However, Wood Defender© fence and deck stains lasts around five years.
8. How does the stain work once applied?
By saturating the surface of the lumber, the catacomb nature of the wood allows the Wood Defender© product to penetrate deep and uniformly throughout.
9. What happens after the warranty wears out and the fence needs restaining? Do I have to strip it or can it be simply be restained?
Wood Defender© stains modified oil formula enhances penetration and does not leave a surface film. The lack of a film on the surface of the wood makes re-coats a snap. This characteristic eliminates the need for caustic strippers or high-pressure power washing that can damage wood before a re-coat. In many circumstances if the stain is in good condition, there will be absolutely no prep work required before a re-spray. The ease of recoats allows us to establish a maintenance program of two to three years depending on the type of stain used.
10. What if stain gets on my house or windows?
No problem. Wood Defender© stains wipe off most metal, glass and non-porous surfaces with a simple rag. However, in an attempt to limit getting stain on surface areas not intended to be stained, our professionals will cover house siding; assist in moving lawn furniture; cover or move plants; drench rocks and concrete surfaces in order to achieve the best possible protection.
Should stain get on other than intended surfaces, our professionals will remove it using our specially formulated Wood Defender© EZ Clean. The cleaner was designed to remove overspray off windows, air conditioners, gutters, brick, cars, garage doors and pool equipment. We take pride in knowing that our jobs and the area around them are as clean or cleaner after we are finished.
11. What is in the Wood Defender© stains you use?
Some of the materials that make up Wood Defender© stains include:
• High quality, deep penetrating natural oils used to replenish and revive the composition of the wood.
• Highest quality trans-oxide and finely ground iron oxide pigments that lessen the damaging affect of harsh UV rays while providing ample color choices for consumers.
• UV inhibitors to further lessen the effects of harmful UV rays and keep the color consistent through the duration of the warranty.
• Synthetic resins designed to promote maximum adhesion and penetration to the wood while beautifying the finished appearance of the wood structure.
• The latest available mildewcides and fungicides to repel the growth of harmful mildew and fungus spores that decay wood and turn the fence gray in appearance.
• Water-repellent silicone to repel water, decreasing the damage associated with warping, swelling and cupping.
• Unique dispersants and anti-settling agents used to keep the product consistent in its container and lessen the amount of stirring required prior to application High quality, deep penetrating natural oils used to replenish and revive the composition of the wood.
12. What's the difference between Transparent and Semi-Transparent?
Stain protection is accomplished mainly by three methods; pigment, vehicle and bio protection. These three methods are the materials left on and in the wood and endure ongoing exposure to the elements, water, temperature fluctuation and ultraviolet light. To effectively protect and preserve the wood from all the elements, there has to be a comprehensive formula that works in a synergistic manner to refract ultra violet light, repel water while allowing the wood to expand and contract and fight microorganism attack (mildew/fungus).
It is a proven fact that Semi-Transparent stains do hold up better than Transparent stains in harsh hot climate areas due to their ability to better block U.V. sun light. The Semi-Transparent stains have a high pigment loading as opposed to the Transparent stains, providing a "hiding" effect, thus the term Semi-Transparent. Transparent stains use expensive Trans-Oxide pigments that have been known to block U.V. light as well and allow for the "transparent" look, but have limitations due to the lower pigment loading and must be selective for intended end use.
For example, when staining an older (aged) fence that has been weathered the Semi-Transparent stain functions and looks better in appearance than the Transparent stain, by hiding all the discolorations and imperfections in the wood, yielding a more uniform look. On the other hand, when staining a new clear cedar fence (selective) the transparent will show the natural grain of the wood along with protecting the cedar from darkening or discoloring.
In conclusion, both stains have their place and serve a purpose. The Semi-Transparent stain is more widely used because of its "heavy duty" formula, offering a universal product for multiple uses, new and aged wood alike. Transparent stains work well in the Southeast and allow the natural wood grain to be highlighted; however, re-applications will be required more often versus those that are stained using Semi-Transparent stain.
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