JK SCHWARTZ.INC
 A Leader In Power Washing, Deck Restoration & Concrete Sealing
 716-833-9122

PROUDLEY SERVING ALL OF WESTERN NY
   Home      Deck Restoration
   
         
Few things are as beautiful as wood. Its color, grain and texture have long been praised. In the hands of
craftsman and builders, this economical, durable and versatile building material has no equal when it comes
to enhancing the appearance of our homes and yards. All exterior wood needs to be protected from rot
absorption, ultra violet rays, moss, and mildew. If left untreated or neglected, the wood could deteriorate
costing thousndends of dollars in unnecessary damage. The most important thing for any consumer to know
is that deck restoration takes knowledge, skill and experience to do the job correctly. The use of a power washer in inexperienced hands could cause unrepairable damage to pine pressure treated decks and even hard wood in a matter of seconds.
          
                                                                                       OUR PROCESS

Every deck and fence restoration should start with a structural inspection checking for exposed nails and screw heads, lose deck boards, rails and steps. You will find that simply resetting nails and screws will fix many problems. Occasionally we might have to replace any boards that are rotting or severely split.

                                        CLEANING PROCESS 

Their are many methods of cleaning or stripping wood to the bare surface. Using a pressure washer equipped with a pressure control valve is the fastest and most economical way to strip and clean wood. After the initial inspection, we apply an environmentally safe cleaning agent on the wood surface. We let it work into the dirt, grime and stains for about 15 minutes. Using a semi-coarse brush, we scrub the entire deck removing dirt, stains and debris. With just the right pressure. we pressure wash the surface of the wood to ensure a clean appearance.
         

                                                                                           DECK SANDING
   Deck restoration requires sanding. No matter how you look at it, sanding the floor of the deck
   needs to be incorporated into the process for best results. In order for the stain to adhere
   properly to the wood, the wood must be sanded with a 60 grit sandpaper to open up the pores
   of the wood. This process will guarantee a longer life. Most contractors will skip this step to
   save time and money.
          
   
           
                            Before Sanding                                                        After Sanding
                                                                       

                                                                       STRIPPING OLD FINISH 

  To remove old worn out finish from your deck, we use an exterior industrial wood stripper.
  This is a stain and sealer stripper that works best on oil based and water based finishes.
  It is used to remove heavy full cover stain. Using a 2 gallon deck sprayer, we apply a liberal
  amount of stripper to the surface including rails and steps. After letting the stripper stand
  for approximately 30 minutes, we scrub the entire deck with stiff-coarse brushes to lift
  the old warn out stain. Using low pressure, we then rinse the surface of the wood several
  times. This process usually takes about 4 to 5 hours depending on the size of the deck and the 
  condition of the wood. The stripping process is also known as an acid bath. This process should
  be done only by an experienced and skilled wood restoration company. Therefor, we do not
  recommend the homeowner attempting this process.

   
Old Worn Out Finish
     
Deck after stripper has been applied- Stain is lifting off the deck surface.
The deck is now ready to be scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush.
   
Rinsing Process- During this process, the deck must be rinsed several times to insure
all the stripper is out of the pores of the wood and off the surface of the deck.
   
The deck is now stripped completely of the old stain. It has dried and is now ready
to be sanded and stained.



                                                         SEALING AND STAINING PROCESS


Preventing water from penetrating the wood surface can greatly extend the life of your deck as well as add to the attractiveness. Their are many products on the market for protecting wood surface. We found, through many years of experience that Sherwin Williams products are among the very best. Applying stain/sealer is like painting in most respects, but conditions need to be just right. We begin by masking off areas to be protected such as siding concrete slabs and landscaping. We use a good regulated airless paint sprayer to apply the stain. Paint sprayers allow the stain to penetrate deep in the pores of the wood, surface cracks and in between the boards. After thoroughly mixing the stain, we spray 2 to 3 thin coats of stain to the wood surface going with the wood grain allowing each coat to dry but not thoroughly. Using a soft bristle brush we back brush each coat to unsure an even application of stain to avoid a
blotchy appearance. Stain should never be back brushed with rollers. Rollers will not distribute the stain evenly.