May 18, 2018
With summer around the corner here in Grand Rapids, plenty of time will be spent on outdoor decks and patios. But with our lovely four season weather we get, those decks can take a beating! Stained wood decks are beautiful, but they do need to be cleaned and restained from time to time. There are 4 basic steps to staining a deck
- First Step - figuring out if your deck actually needs re-staining. If the stain still repels water, the old stain is working. You may just need a good cleaning and come back next year.
- Second Step - if it does need to be stained, it still needs a good cleaning. You need to take care of mildew stains, dirt, debris and any contaminants that have worked their way into the wood. Then let it dry.
- Third Step - Choose the right stain. You basically have 4 choices:
- Clear Stain
- Fourth Step - Apply the stain, but don't over apply it, one good coat is usually enough.
With time and patience, your deck can look beautiful, but if you would rather have a professional do it, give us a call! Our team at Service Pro Painting and Improvements can get your deck looking great in no time!
Apr 29, 2018
So it is finally spring here in Grand Rapids and all that snow melting away revealed what our harsh winter has done to our sidewalks, walkways, retaining walls and of course the exterior walls of our homes and businesses. We get it all here - It gets really hot, really cold, really wet and then really dry. Power washing your home is one of best ways to get rid of mold, mildew and stains on your home’s brick/wood patio or vinyl siding.
There are different opinions on power washing and whether or not it is bad, good or somewhere in between. Really, it is not whether it is good or bad, but more importantly, who is doing the job. Hiring a professional that understands different methods of pressure washing is a good thing. The use of non-toxic chemicals in conjunction with soft pressure washing can avoid damage.
Service Pro Painting and Improvements can power wash your roof, siding (wood and vinyl), decks, and driveway. Whether you’re thinking about re-staining your deck, painting your home, or refinishing your driveway, pressure washing will prepare the surface better than any other cleaning process or solution.