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I'm looking for recommendations of someone to re-stain my
deck. Thanks. anon
Suggest you contact Atlas Power Washing at 510-830-5643.
They do a very good job and offer washing, sealing and/or
Seal and Stain Deck and Railing
I am looking for a recommendation for a reasonable service
provider for staining and sealing a deck and railing.
Please let me know if you have had a great experience and
would recommend someone. Deck in need
Hi there - 'Bay Area Deck' does great work and we got a
wonderful deck, stained and all. Probably they would do a
stain only job and give you a good quote. Call John at
510-533-6131. Very nice and reasonable pricing. Good yelp
reviews too! Sara
Need full deck refurbishment
We are looking for someone to come in and completely sand
(or power-wash) our older redwood deck, then apply
penetrating oil finish. The deck is about 12'x25' . Also,
a couple of the planks have come loose so either need to be
refastened or perhaps replaced. It is a relatively small
job but we want it done well with no shortcuts and without
damaging our house walls or the back patio over which the
If anyone can recommend a person or company who would do a
high-quality job and will take care of the surrounding areas
while working, please let us know. We really don't want to
replace the deck as we love the redwood look but wouldn't
put in a new deck made of redwood. This one was built
before we bought our house. Also, it is in remarkably good
shape for its age (around 20 years old.) I looked in the
archives but almost all the recommendations there were for
building a new deck, or they were just too old.
Want that new-deck look without a new deck
For a thorough cleaning and sealing of your deck at a
reasonable price I can highly recommend the Atlas Power
Washing people at 510-830-5643. They are neat and thorough
and do a great job with quality materials. Roger
Deck Cleaning & Refinishing
I am looking for someone to clean and refinish my hardwood
decks (NOT Atlas Powerwash) -- does anyone have any names?
Many thanks! Decks need attention!
Antonio, the owner of De Colores Painting, helped me with
painting some rooms in our home. They paint homes and also
do deck refinishing.
For the work they did in my house, I was really impressed
with the amount of prep work (we have an old house, many
layers of paint!) before they started painting, and their
work is very meticulous and precise. I found them here on
BPN, and I'm happy to say it was a pleasure working with
Antonio and his team.
De Colores Painting: 510-390-2307
I used ''All Pro Deck'' for my redwood deck and highly
recommend them. My deck was not refinished for a while so
looked in bad shape. They did a pretty thorough job; the
deck was sanded and stained. The deck looks great and they
were easy to deal wtih. 510-655-5549 Marie
I can easily recommend Bay Area Deck and Remodel... they
tore down and redid my deck and it is great! I'm sure they
can clean and refinish your deck ... check them out: (510)
533- 6131 or on yelp they are ''bay area deck and remodel''
Deck- Need someone to re-seal small deck
We had a new deck put in and it was sealed right before many
weeks of rain. The sealing got wet before it dried and the
sealing became all clumped up and the deck is now sticky and
not sealed. We would like to find someone who can correct
this problem and properly seal the deck. We live in North
Berkeley. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
we had great luck with John Grivas of Bay Area Deck and
Remodel... he gets busy in the spring/ summer so we had to
wait for his schedule to be available, but does wonderful
work, is reliable and fairly priced. Good Yelp reviews and
phone is 510-533-6131. Happy with my deck
I have the person for you. Gloria Perez from Best Bay
Builders is the contractor. She is great, energetic and has
a great crew. The Project Manager, Fernando Marroquin, is a
brilliant house detective.
I had a leak in my house that has haunted me for years. I
had a thermal imaging company come in to find the leak.
Could not find it. I had two 'experts' in leak detection
come in. They could not find it. I had 3 different
contractors try to fix the problem. None solved it.
Fernando showed me why I had the leak and where it was
coming from. He also fixed some dry rot problems.
He knows the best products to protect your home here in the
Bay Area, where the humidity and the heat can really mess
things up. I wish I had these guys do the work upfront so I
would not have to solve this problem later. Don't go
anywhere else. Hire these guys and make sure that you do
not have any leaks in the future.
The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is
Need deck refinisher
We need to have our small deck (that has lots of lattice
around it too) refinished this Spring. Would love a
recommendation for someone who does a good job for a
reasonable price. Thanks. berkeley homeowner
hi! we used Bay Area Deck and Remodel and John Grivas was
great for our deck - patient, precise, good work and good
price! Had to get in line for him to do our job but he is
superb and has great yelp reviews too! (510) 533-6131 Sara
Ulises of USV Painting has a lot of experience refinishing
decks, you can see images of deck restoration projects on
Yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/usv-painting-berkeley His
number is 408.489.4433/ email@example.com
Deck is leaking into the house
We have been having leaks in our room which is above a
tiled deck. We've covered the deck with a tarp but are
still having some leaks during the heavy rains. Does
anybody have any recommendations on how to fix this and/or
know of a good roofing(?) contractor?
We had a similar situation, but our roof deck had concrete
on it! We finally settled on removing the concrete and
applying a waterproof deck coating called MerKote. There are
several of these products available including Gaco, and
WeatherDeck, I think. These products, unlike your typical
roof, are made to be walked on. We had our system, it's put
down in a couple of layers, installed by Butch over at Mt.
Diablo Flooring Systems, his number is (925) 473-9500.
We've only had it for a year and a half, but so far no
leaks! (Which is a major improvement, since it was like a
Best of luck on your research!
Need to restore small redwood deck and fence
We have a redwood fence and a very small deck that need some
restoration and then complete stain/preservative application to
the wood. We got something in the mail from Springer's Wood
Deck Restoration. Has anyone used Springer's or any other
company for redwood restoration and staining/finishing? Any
advice is greatly appreciated.
We had Springers refinish our decks three years ago, followed
by a maintenance refinishing job one year later. You're
supposed to do a maintenace round every year and we are
behind..oops. When it was initially done, our decks looked
brand new! Our neighbors couldn't believe how great they
looked. We had a little problem with some of the stain on the
top deck dripping onto the house (and was visible from the
bottom deck.) I called them and they came out immediately and
fixed all problems. I recommend Springers.
Someone to repair and clean our deck
We are looking for someone to repair, power clean and restain
our redwood deck. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
I highly recommend Steve Conway at Atlas Power wash. He is the
owner and he does great washing, refinishing, and deck repairs.
He did extensive repair work on our deck and it looks great. He
is very easy to work with and listens to your concerns and ideas.
We had a great experience with him and listed him here on the
network months ago. He has been servicing many BPN clients since
( he called me to let me know ) BUT he has a new contact number.
His cell is no longer as posted. Contact him at (800) 771-2833!
Someone to clean and restore deck
Has anyone used Live Oak Structural/Decks for deck cleaning and
restoration? I would like to learn about positive and negative
experiences with Live Oak. Do people have other
recommendations for deck cleaning/restoration? Thanks.
Looking for recommendations of someone to wash and seal our new
redwood deck (approx. 18 feet above ground level).
I loved our deck guy. His company is called Atlas Power Wash. His
name is Steve. He is a bit quirky, I think its his creative side.
He did a beautiful job on our large deck, He replaced many rotten
boards really well and cleaned it well and sealed it with a
beautiful natural sealant. It looks great. And he has guaranteed
it for 3 years. I had another company, Springer's Deck Rest. do
our deck 2 years ago and in one year it needed done again and I
did not like them at all and I feel I was ripped off. So I would
call Steve. I also called Steve's references before
I had him do the work and they all were happy too.
Any Questions, shoot me an email.
We use Ingrid Chapman at Better Days Building and Repair for
things like this. She has done a lot of work for us (right now
she is repairing our fence) and I know she is very experienced
with decks. She is very thorough and will explain each step in
detail if you would like.
You can contact her at 510-282-5625
Someone to refinish Mangaris hardwood deck
I had a deck built in 2002 using Mangaris hardwood. Some of the
boards never laid completely flat. I assume that the wood wasn't
cured properly, but I couldn't get either my contractor or the
wood importer to fix it. It is over due for a refinishing (or
restaining?)and I'm looking for someone who has experience with
Mangaris wood. Any recommendations?
My husband is a landscape contractor and had this to say:
Mangaris can be a difficult wood to work with and install. If installed with growth
rings facing up or it is improperly pinned to deck joists, it will have a tendency to
cup or bow while it ages and cures. Minor cupping and bowing can be repaired or
fixed. Deck boards can also be replaced. Most likely the problem is not due to
improper curing but improper installation. If you are interested in a refinish I would
be happy to give you an estimate.
His website is www.blueridgelc.com and his name is Blue Jay Feldman of Blue Ridge
Landscape Co. Phone is 510-847-6160.
How to seal and maintain new deck
We just had a lovely 10' x14' deck put in last month in Oakland and we need to
seal and take care of it. We love the color it is right now and know if we don't
seal it it
will turn gray quickly. I am looking for advice about the do-it-yourself process
cleaning and sealing. Any advice appreciated. We would love to hire someone to
but the deck project broke the bank!
We built a new redwood deck this spring, and finally got around
to sealing it this last weekend. In the meantime, the
sprinklers had hit part of it and had turned it gray, and the
sun had bleached it as well. First, we used a 2400 psi
pressure washer to clean it, which did wonders. Then, we used
Cabot Wood Brightener from Truitt and White which is really
easy to use. It was amazing- it restored it to it original
pink color. We then sealed it with Penofin (also at Truitt and
White) which turned the wood deeper and darker. Can't say yet
how it performs, but be sure not to apply it too thickly- our
problem- now it's 'tacky' in spots. From what i understand,
we'll just need to clean and reapply every couple of years.
very easy. We've also used Cabot's stain and paint stripper,
which was also amazingly effective, if you need to do that at
some point before re-sealing.
How to properly seal an Ipe deck
I just had an IPE wood deck built at my home.
Does anyone know how to properly seal and maintain this wood?
Or, know of a professional who could answer my questions about
this relatively new product?
I would like the color of the wood to stay its original brown,
so I am wondering how soon I should seal it. Thanks!
PENOFIN for Hardwood
Penetrating Oil Finish
for Exotic Hardwood - Mahogany - IPE - Teak
99% UV Protection
Brazilian Rosewood Oil
There are many different types of PENOFIN
so be sure to get the one for Exotic Hardwood.
After about 6 months, you need to repeat the stain.
It supposedly won't need it for another couple of years,
and then not at all after the third coat.
It smells nasty, but it does the job well.
And it keeps the wood's beautiful brown color.
If you don't mind the Ipe fading to a brown/gray, you may consider not sealing it
If you paid the extra money for this wood, you probably already know that it is
the most durable woods and is highly resistant to decay and rot and does not need
be sealed - unless preserving the color is the objective.
Clean and refinish 2-story deck
We need someone to clean and refinish our two story deck (two decks) and the archived recommendations are fairly old. Can anyone recommend someone who has had this done?
I had Jay from Bay Area Deck Care clean and seal a redwood deck for me. He came one day and power cleaned everything, came back the next day to apply the stain. He seemed conscientious about laying out tarps to protect things around the deck from being damaged. Showed up when he said he would. Charged $590. I didn't get prices from anyone else, so I don't know how this compares. The deck is on the second floor, maybe 10 feet by 20 feet. He also treated the stairs going up to the deck. Nice guy. I'd use him again.
We have a patio with cement stairs that leak, whenever it rains, to an enclosed unfinished basement. We understand that there are waterproofers who can put some type of membrane on the stairs. Does anyone have any experience with waterproofers (good or bad) and does anyone have someone they would recommend?
We are currently using WHL Waterproofing to re-waterproof our patio, which was also leaking into a room beneath it. Ours is a bigger job than just stairs, but it included stairs, point being, I'm not sure how small of a job they do. Anyway, their number is (925) 284-5306 (somewhere east of the Tunnel, but they are doing our job in Oakland). I can't give you a full report yet, as they are finishing the job this week, but it did rain heavily last week, just after they got the new membrane laid and it didn't leak! Best wishes.
If you are looking for someone to clean, stain, or do some maintenance on your deck, I would highly recommend Jay from Bay Area Deck Care. Several years ago, we hired him to clean and restain our deck. He did such a great job, people actually thought it was new! He is a very nice guy, in addition to being very conscientious, thorough, and professional. Our neighbor hired him for a job as well, and she was equally pleased with the results. His number is in the phone book.
Someone to powerwash a redwood deck
Any more current recommendations for someone to powerwash &
refinish redwood decks?
Moderator's note: There was a recent very interesting article by
Gary Dymski in the SF Chronicle on 8/20, page F8 about power
cleaning and products that are harmful to wood fibers.
Citing extensive information from the Forest Products Loboratory
in Madison, Wisconsin, the public's leading wood research institute
established by USDA in 1910, the author says that chorine bleach
and power washing, two popular methods of cleaning decks, can
actually destroy the fibers in wood. Better to clean wood decks
with oxygen bleach, available through home centers and hardware
stores. Check labels and look for products that contain the highest
percentage of sodium percarbonate (which when mixed with water
becomes oxygen bleach), and apply with spongelike applicator or
pump sprayer (not nylon bristle brush), leaving it on for 10 minutes,
then rinse thoroughly. This should remove most dirt and mold.
I wish I'd seen this before preparing our redwood fence to paint;
I did all the wrong things! -Kathy
Any recommendations for someone to refinish our redwood
deck. It needs to be powerwashed and re-stained.
Carlos Avalos has done several painting and small
handyperson jobs, including power washing our decks,
cleaning gutters, minor plumbing and so on. He is very
good, honest and reliable and the other men on his crew
have been equally impressive. The number I have for him is
510/568-0510, which may ring into his residence but he is
good about returning calls.
We used William Roberts to build our deck. He was great, very creative,
very nice, and
does an excellent job. He is located in Berkeley, 841-8830. Toby
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