From applying a maintenance coat of stain to your deck, to completely sanding off your previous coats of paint or stain, washing the surfaces and applying a fresh coat of stain, to refinishing your oak staircase in your home, no matter the scale we are your choice for quality staining work. There is a lot more to properly staining a surface then one may think, and the team at Advantage has the knowledge and experience to ensure the proper steps are taken to give you the best stain job possible. Like the paint jobs we take on, we can literally handle pretty much any job you need to tackle when it comes to staining. We have stained log homes and cottages, decks and siding, and refinished interior wood surfaces, soffits, fascia, garage doors. When it comes to stain projects there are a variety of different factors to consider.
Decks are often the most common request for staining. Although staining your deck may seem simple enough it can be one of the most difficult jobs to properly address, given the climate in Ontario. In the winter snow sits on the wood and it is often shoveled which is hard on the stain. Add to this ice build up on the surface, and cracks in the wood constantly expand and contract due to fluctuation in temperatures resulting in stain wearing off. Overall it can be an uphill battle to achieve any kind of longevity for the stain job on your deck, and depending on a variety of factors decks need to be re-stained anywhere from every 1 to 4 years.
Typically 2 seasons is achievable if the deck boards are in good condition meaning there is little to no moisture in the wood (we will check with a moisture meter to make sure it is worth staining because if the moisture content is to high the wood will not hold the stain and it is not worth staining) and also if the wood is cracked in a lot of places as this creates a home for water to sit which will make the stain erode faster. To achieve maximum longevity the proper preparation needs to take place which typically consists of washing all of the wood with a deck prep product such as Flood Deckswood, which is specially formulated to remove any mildew or mold and also open the pours of the wood for maximum penetration. If a powerwasher is needed to clean the surface extra care is needed to make sure the wood is not damaged as using a powerwasher with to high of psi or getting to close can leave lines in the wood or fur the wood and then it needs to be sanded out. The deck need to also be stained in the proper conditions, which means between 12 and 26 degrees Celsius, with little to no humidity and not in the direct sunlight as the stain will dry before it actually penetrates into the wood. All of these factors determine how long the stain will last on your deck, and using a good quality stain is the final part of the equation. We recommend Flood and Timber Pro stains and one day deck by a company called Envirotech but there are a variety of products out there just research before making a purchase.
Using a semi-transparent stain is also likely going to give you more longevity on flat surfaces, (or at least make the staining the next time easier as it typically wears away versus peeling off as a paint would, or a solid hide stain can also do in some cases). Once peeling starts more sanding is required or the next stain job may not look consistent. (For more info on different products and types of stains visit are How to section) Whichever product you decide on however it is crucial you do not wait for the stain to breakdown and wear or peel away as it is much easier to re-coat with minimum prep the next time around to achieve the desired consistency if the previous stain job is not in terrible shape.
Vertical surfaces often hold up much better because they are not being walked on and water does not sit on them for long periods of time. Solid hide stain works very well on vertical surfaces, but keep in mind a solid hide is a more opaque product so you will lose some of the transparency you achieve with a semi-transparent stain, meaning you will see less of the wood grain, and often a solid hide is better to achieve a more solid colour, hence the name solid hide stain. Solid hide stains are common for board and batten siding, railings, and other vertical areas. Regardless of what you need stained, if you feel it is out of your league, contact us for a free estimate where we can advice you on the various products and give you a detailed breakdown of what it will cost to do the job properly.