As deck wood dries, it commonly begins to split. This causes a myriad of problems, allowing moisture and other contaminates to intrude. This may cause ugly mildew/algae growth. When the wood gets to this stage, there is not much else to do, it’s time for a professional touch. A partial or full refinishing will be needed to save from having to replace the wood.
Wood Stain Protection
For many years, we used a product from Sherwin Williams named Deckscapes (discontinued) with great success. They have replaced the DeckScapes line with the new and improved SuperDeck series of wood protection products. Although we are not a fan of the semi-transparent SuperDeck; we absolutely love the solid body and the elastomeric versions.
When paint manufactures began producing elastomeric coatings specifically for wood; the zenith of the industry was realized! Elastomeric coatings have always been the go to for concrete, stucco, masonry and roofs. Pro Color has applied these types of waterproofing coatings to masonry for over 25 years with great success and efficiency. These products offer extreme value from Florida's two major problems moisture and UV light!
Elastomeric coatings differ from regular paint and stain is several aspects. The most obvious can been seen in the material’s thickness and consistency. The elastomeric finish has a much higher solid content, causing it to be 3-5 times thicker. These coatings are designed to deter water intrusion and to have “bridging” qualities as to fill surfaces with cracks and blemishes. Including filling splits and crevasses in wood while remaining flexiable.. Elastomeric coatings are the perfect solution for resurfaces & retaining your wood’s integrity.
Probably the best overall elastomeric for wood is made by Sherwin Williams SuperDeck. It’s an elastomeric finish coating engineered for decks and docks. Especially formulated for weathered, damaged wood on horizontal outdoor surfaces, with exposure to the harsh elements. In the Duck Back line, this elastomeric product is formulated to be used on existing finishes.
SuperDeck Exterior Deck & Dock Coating, just as all elastomerics is to be applied heavy; with a (DFT) dry film thickness of 14-18 mil. This can be achieved by applying two coats 15 mil wet. The dry film thickness achieved with products such as SuperDeck will most certainly out-perform regular stain. It even locks down splinters!
You'll want the most value possible protecting your decks and docks from the harsh Jacksonville, FL. weather. Contact the deck staining professionals help you. Contact us today for a free quote to protect your exterior deck, dock or wood structures. 904-293-4600