The Woodrich Brand Wood Restoration and Preservation System involves 3 easy steps for keeping your wood deck, wood fence, wood siding or log home looking it's best year round.
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There are a few basic things everyone should know. If you have a new deck, wood fence, wood siding, log cabin or garden deck it will need to be protected. Because no exterior wood finish will last forever, we recommend a high quality oil based wood stain/sealer.
We also recommend that all exterior wood be cleaned and neutralized before applying any stain or sealer. All wood finishes perform better when the surface is properly prepared. Going through the cleaning and brightening steps will also remove things you might not see like mold and mildew spores or oily hand prints from handling the wood during construction.
Once you have applied your wood stain, simple maintenance will keep the finish looking good year round. Keeping the pollen off is important. Rinsing off the dust and dirt every now and then helps, especially on wood decks. Refreshing the finish when it shows signs of wear or begins losing it's luster will keep your wood looking great for years!
Choosing an oil based stain color for your wood siding, wood fence, garden deck or patio is a very personal decision.
Each of our stain colors was designed with a specific type of wood in mind. Our most popular cedar deck and fence stain for example is Warm Honey Gold. This is a popular cedar stain because in most cases the honey gold stain is very neutral on cedar wood. It looks about the color of the wood when it is damp. If you have a cedar garden deck or fence that is surrounded by colorful landscaping however, you might choose a darker wood stain to give the deck a more subdued look. For example, our Amaretto stain color will give a new cedar deck a bit of a reddish bronze patina. Brown Sugar is more bronzy on a cedar deck without the hint of red.
It's always best to test the color of each stain on wood matching your project. If you are building a new cedar deck, wood fence, new log home or installing new wood siding, try to retain some of the scrap wood to help pick the wood stain color that is right for you.
When you are choosing and oil based stain for a cedar fence, there are three basic factors most people consider. Cost, Ease of Application and How long it will last.
When you start adding up the square footage of a cedar fence it can easily add up to thousands of square feet. When you are dealing with that much wood, cost and ease of use are a big factor. Choosing a product that is going to cut down on maintenance is another important consideration.
We recommend our Woodrich Brand Timber Oil for cedar fences for a number of reason. First it is by far the easiest wood stain to apply to a cedar fence. Our Timber Oil Stain will not leave runs or lap marks. It is a deep penetrating paraffinic stain that dives deep into the wood and finish even on any surface, every time.
Once installed on your cedar fence Timber Oil is very easy to maintain. Simply keep the fence clean, especially after the lawn is mowed. As time goes on, watch for signs of wear. If you notice the product begin to fade, Simply mist on another application of Timber Oil. Usually on the South facing side of the fence will need attention first.
Because Timber Oil is so easy to apply and will not show runs or lap marks it is very easy to touch up sections of your fence, or even small areas without having to feather the product in. Year after year your fence will look great and the more time goes by, it will require less and less Timber Oil to maintain.
With a variety of exotic hardwood species becoming popular choices for garden decks and patios we are seeing more demand for our Hardwood Wiping Stain. This product is ideal for protecting and maintaining dense hardwoods like Ipe, Cambara, Garapa and Bali Teak.The application process is different from applying stain to a cedar deck. With an Ipe Deck for example, the process we recommend involves a few easy steps. First you would clean and brighten the ipe to prepare it for finishing. Next you would apply the Hardwood Wiping Stain to a section of the deck, working a few rows of boards at a time. Finally, after allowing the stain to sit on the wood, you wipe off the excess to reveal a furniture quality finish.
The maintenance of hardwood decks is also a little different. Caring for an Ipe deck is similar to caring for a piece of antique furniture.
The goal is to keep it clean and free from pollen. If it gets dirty mop the deck with a simple solution of water and dish soap. If you notice mildew growing on the pollen that has settled on your deck, clean it with water and just a tiny bit of bleach.
When you start to notice the finish losing its luster, simply take a rag, damp with Wiping Stain and go over the surface to replenish it. If you follow these basic steps, you can keep your Ipe or other exotic hardwood deck looking its best year after year.
Unlike the standard wood deck that is typically attached to the house, a detached garden deck or patio can create an opportunity to get more creative with your stain color selection. Most often for a cedar deck, wood siding or fence, people will choose the color that looks most natural.
When you are staining a garden deck, you can choose a finish color that creates a color contrast or blends in with the surrounding landscaping. We offer four basic stain color selections as well as a clear. The colors can be blended together to create a broad range of finish colors and effects. You can also seal and protect your garden deck with one of our clear finishes and allow the wood to take on a natural gray patina.
You are really only limited by your imagination. If you would like help developing some of your creative garden deck staining ideas, feel free to give us a call. We can send you sample color kits or point you toward pictures of other garden deck projects.