How often do I need to stain my deck?

Pressure-treated wood decks require staining in order to make them last. The most common question we get at Archadeck of Charlotte is “how often do I need to stain my deck”?

The answer is it depends! The factors to consider are what is the exposure of your deck to the sun? Is it southwest? If so, it will most likely need to be stained annually. If it is north, there is likely to be mildew since it doesn’t get much sun so it will need to be cleaned but perhaps will only need staining once every 3 years.

Any of the other directions will be somewhere in between!

To get more information or if you want an estimate, go to charlotte.renewcrewclean.com or call Renew Crew at (704) 944-1350 or email us at charlotte@renewcrewclean.com.

 

Hot tub deck with a privacy fence and outdoor shower by Archadeck of Charlotte

Located in Charlotte, NC this backyard oasis was designed and constructed by Archadeck. It includes a pool deck, screened porch, covered outdoor kitchen and dining area, firepit and raised spa deck.

How often do I need to seal or stain my deck? What should I use?

How often should I stain or seal my deck? It is an oft asked question an I will provide some expertise and experience!
Look at your deck, what direction is it facing? If the answer is north or east, you probably can go a couple of years and just keep an eye on it. If on the other hand you have a west or south facing deck, it is likely to need staining every year!

Different wood species requie a different stain and levels of care. Make sure you investigate with a professional as to the appropriate stain for the wood used on you deck

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

Pressure-treated wood deck stained with pergola and outdoor kitchen by Archadeck of Charlotte

You can go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com for more information.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and build this screen porch with Travertine porch floor

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and build this screen porch with Travertine porch floor

How to build a Charlotte deck…the Archadeck way!

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

Multi-level deck with stone outdoor fireplace by Archadeck of Charlotte

At the risk of teaching all of you “do-it-yourselfer’s” how to properly construct a deck, it is worth it to us to make sure that whatever is built by whomever, is done so with safety first!

Decks do require building permits in North and South Carolina.

Archadeck has been designing and building decks for over 25 years and literally has over 23,000 decks built here in the Charlotte area. Here are some guidelines formed from our experience:

1. Ground conditions are a very important factor to start with. If there is a lot of fill dirt where you are going to place your footings, you may need a soil engineer to design a proper footing that will disperse the weight load so that your deck does not begin to sink. If there is soft or bull tallow soil, the same remedy applies.

2. It all starts with your footings. In North Carolina, we typically dig 12″ – 24″ or until we find solid soil if possible. Then you can either purchase 16″x16″ cinder blocks and make sure your 6×6 columns are placed squarely on the blocks before filling in the dirt over and around them. You may also need to add concrete depending on the conditions of the soil, the height of the deck, lateral bracing constraints, and so forth

3. Once you have passed your footing inspection, it is time to start framing. We typically will use either 2×8 or 2×10 floor joists that will attach to a 2×12 band or ledger boards we tie into the actual house if the house is on a crawl space. If the house is built on a slab, that we are forced to build what is referred to as a “free-standing” deck meaning we will add footers up next to the house wall. If we are cutting into a vinyl or fiber cement sided house, we need to purchase and install metal flashing to avoid having moisture get in behind the siding and rotting the house wall.

3. We typically will purchase pressure-treated wood deck boards that are 5/4×6 in dimension and screw them down. We space our floor joists 16″ on center unless we are using composite decking and laying the boards on a diagonal, then we will space them 12″ on center.

4. We use a 12″ fascia board to hide the ends of the decking boards to create a clean finish around the perimeter of the deck

5. Rail is required here in North Carolina once the height of the deck is 30″ above grade or greater. The standard rail height minimum is 36″. There a vast amount of choices of rail systems ranging from custom made to kits.

6. If you are installing dried lumber (that is our preference), it is important to have the deck sealed/stained shortly after installation to protect the deck itself. We find Cabot or the proprietary stain from Renew Crew to be quite effective and protecting the wood decking.

If you’re considering adding a deck to your Charlotte area home, we would love if you would give us a call for a free consultation at (704) 944 – 1350.

This si a good example of Renew Crew of Charlotte can clean and protect wood decking

This is a good example of Renew Crew of Charlotte can clean and protect wood decking

Rustic chic screen porches..today’s designs

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this gazebo style screen porch with Cabot Stain

There is a real demand for designing screen porches with a rustic chic flare. We see different trends come and go but this idea of rustic chic has been there for awhile and the demand is picking up steam. If you really think about all that goes into a screen porch, you realize how many elements effect the aesthetics and overall architectural appeal.

We start with the construction and trim. The materials you choose for your flooring, columns, and ceiling all influence the appeal. In Charlotte, NC we see some exposed rafters up in the ceiling. We see dark, warm stains being used on the columns and floor.

Then think about trim detail. How do finish off the screen and the attaching mechanisms? How about the bottom and the top of the screen porch? For a great photo gallery of screen porch designs, go to http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Great sale on Cabot Stain to protect and beautify your deck at Archadeck of Charlotte

Archadeck of Charlotte is a stocking dealer for Cabot Stain. We have several gallons that we want to sell off to reduce our inventory as certain colors have not sold as well. We are willing to sell them at reduced prices and you can call at 704-944-1350 to see what we have and how much it costs. We do  have a show room at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte that you can come visit and see the colors as well! Please find the following link to see several stained decks in our photo gallery  http://charlotte.archadeck.com