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What is the Cost of Building a Cedar Fence

How much will it cost to build a new fence? The grade of the materials you use, the style of the fence, and the height of the fence will largely determine your cost of building a cedar fence per linear foot. Other factors that impact the cost include the addition of gates or other special features, and the terrain or any obstacles that the fence is being built on.

When you are building fences to survive in our wet west coast weather, you cut corners at your peril. Lower Mainland residents know that a fence that needs to last for years needs to sometimes stand up to a month of solid rain without picking up any rot, or a month of solid sunshine without cracking or drying out. There can also be heavy snow and very moist freeze-thaw cycles through the winter months that will lead to the quick deterioration of a fence built poorly or with sub-par materials.

At Sunbury Fencing, our custom, hand-built fences will generally range from $30 to up to $75 per linear foot. The style and height of your fence and the grade of material you use will largely determine where the cost of your fence falls within that range. If your fence needs to be built on steep slopes or rocky terrain, if access to the building area is not easy, and/or if we have to remove and dispose of an older fence, then you can end up at the very top of that range.

We have created the “Sunbury Fence  Cost Calculator” to help you get an idea what your fence will cost. It is a great place to start if you want a ballpark budget and to help you consider some of the options and what they may cost.

While we almost exclusively use cedar for our panels and can source it at great prices, better grades of cedar will cost more. Not surprisingly, a higher fence will need more materials and cost more. Adding gates – whether across a pathway or a driveway, will also add to the cost.

Sunbury Cedar Privacy Fence
Privacy Fences are the least expensive

Different situations require different types of fences. Is the fence just delineating a property line? Or will it need to stand up to soccer balls and hockey pucks or materials being stored against it? How important is the look of the fence? Different people have different needs, and we would be happy to discuss the best option for your yard, property, strata, or business and come up with a solution that fits your needs and budget.

Fences with higher grade materials cost more
Fences with trellis and better materials will cost more

A basic picket fence is often the least expensive way to go, but picket fences do not offer any privacy. At best they keep the kids in and your neighbour’s dog out of your yard.

The inexpensive, popular choice is the privacy fence. If you’d rather keep it basic, the simple privacy fence will fit your needs. The privacy fence offers just that, privacy. Without the extra costs and complexities of other styles. Expect a privacy fence on flat grass or dirt to come in at the low end of the range, but still include cemented fence posts made of treated hemlock, pressure-treated rails, and red cedar fence boards. A custom, hand-built privacy fence will last for decades.

If you need more, then an overlap fence is incredibly strong and durable and looks great. Adding a trellis can enhance the look of the fence, and add a bit of privacy without blocking off the street or neighbours entirely.

Hand-built fences vs. Fence Panels

At Sunbury Fencing, we hand-build our fences for a custom look that always fits the property. Hand-built fences, because they do not have frames that trap water, always tend to last much longer in our wet west coast weather. While a top quality pre-fabricated fence panel will last 15 years, hand-built fences with a high-grade material will last up to 35 years.

Different people have different needs. The Fencing experts at Sunbury Fencing would be happy to discuss the best option for your yard, property, strata, or business and come up with a solution that fits your needs and budget.  Contact Sunbury Fencing today to discuss options and to learn more about fence quality and construction.

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Fence Installation, Uncategorized

4 Tips on Choosing the Right Fence Builder in Vancouver

Considering hiring a professional team to build your next fence? Like any purchase, you will want to explore your options to find the best fit. But tracking down the right contractor can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for. For unmatched beauty, privacy, and security, here are the top 4 tips on how to choose a quality fence builder in Vancouver.

Fence builder Tip #1: Look for experience

Think all fence builders are the same? Think again. It takes years of experience and knowhow to build and install a long-lasting, quality fence your property deserves.
At Sunbury Fencing, we know everything there is to know about fence installation. After all, we have been doing it since 1974. Whether it is for your residential, strata, or commercial property in Vancouver, you can rely on us to build a stunning, quality fence.

Fence builder Tip #2: Look for local knowledge

When it comes to the diverse weather conditions of the Lower Mainland, your fence needs to be able to withstand the elements.
When you go with a pro-fence installer like Sunbury Cedars, you can feel good knowing your fence is built with the highest quality materials, harvested from locally grown cedars. Our cedar fences can withstand every kind of Vancouver weather, from the winter rains to hot summers.

Fence builder Tip #3: Look for quality materials and workmanship

Looking to save a few bucks on materials? If you do, you could wind up shelling out major cash for frequent fence repair and replacement later.
The experts at Sunbury Cedars know that when it comes to sturdy, stunning fencing in Vancouver, quality counts. Choosing us means selecting a fence that will stand the test of time. Lasting for decades, our fences are built with superior quality and workmanship.

Fence builder Tip #4: Look for comprehensive fence builder services

Wouldn’t it be great if you can have all your fencing service questions answered with just one call? Don’t waste your valuable time and effort chasing down multiple contractors when you don’t have to.
With our complete fence builder service options, one call is all you need for full-service fence building and installation solutions. Whether it is a major perimeter commercial fencing project or a minor backyard barrier task, no job is too big or too small for Sunbury Cedars.

Finding the right fence builder in Vancouver can be a challenge—but it doesn’t have to be. Contact Sunbury Fencing’s professional installation team is the first step to a gorgeous, long-lasting fence you, your family, and your guests will love for many years to come.

Fence Installations
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What are the Benefits of Hiring A Professional Fence Installer?

Got fencing on the mind? Whether it is for your residential or commercial property in Vancouver or Surrey, a new fence can up the beauty, safety, and privacy factor. But if you are looking to have your new barrier properly and professionally set up, it is always a good idea to let an experienced and skilled contractor handle the job. Here are the top benefits of hiring a professional fence installer.

Skip on labour-intensive work

Think do-it-yourself fence building is easy? Think again. Proper fence installation takes time, patience, and skill to get the best possible results. You will need an expert team of fence installers to accurately remove the old fencing and install the new one on your Vancouver or Surrey property.
When you go with the pros at Sunbury Cedar, we will handle the entire process, from digging and concrete pouring to installing the fence.

Avoid mistakes

When it comes to fence installations, inexperienced contractors and do-it-yourselfers can make mistakes—errors that can come back and haunt you later. If, for example, your fence is mistakenly installed on your neighbour’s property, it could cost you a lot of time and money to remedy the issue.
Professional Vancouver and Surrey fence contractors have the experience and knowhow to install your fence without the headaches and hassles of having to deal with shoddy fencing work. If you want error-free fence installation, reach out to Sunbury Cedar.

Get the job done faster

You lead a hectic lifestyle. The last thing any home or business owner wants is their schedule disrupted longer than it needs to be with slow fence installation.
Why waste time and money hiring an amateur contractor or doing the installation yourself when you don’t have to? A team of fencing specialists have the numbers, equipment, and experience to get the job done right faster.

Installers Provide warranties

A fence installer’s work is only as good as the warranty they provide. If a contractor won’t guarantee their installation, you know it is time to take your business elsewhere.

Here at Sunbury Fencing, we take great pride in the quality of all our work. That is why we offer our Vancouver and Surrey clients a solid warranty, guaranteeing complete satisfaction with our fence installation service.
Don’t put your job in the hands of just any fence installer.

For quality, durability, and great looking results you can count on, turn to Sunbury Fencing for all your Vancouver and Surrey fencing needs.

Building a Fence Yourself
Fence Installation

Building a Fence: Should I Do It Myself or Hire the Pros?

Building a fence on your property is a great way to increase privacy, boost security, and up your home’s curb appeal. And like many people, you might be on the fence about taking on a DIY fence project. But there is a lot more to installing a fence than digging a few holes. If you are asking yourself, “Should I do it myself or hire the pros?”, here are some of the reasons to choose professional fence installation.

Get the job done right

Installing your fencing yourself might sound like a good idea, but things can go south fast if you don’t know what you are doing. Sure, anyone can hammer away at a fence, but only the pros know the best nailing patterns and how to properly work with the wood. With professional fencing installation, you can rest easy knowing your fence will stand the test of time.

An iron-clad warranty

When it comes to building a fence, you really do get what you pay for. It might be tempting to hire a handyman to install your fence, but what happens if you are not satisfied with the results? Without a warranty, you could be on the hook for shoddy work. At Sunbury Cedar, we stand behind our warranty, guaranteeing you are completely satisfied with our fence installation service.

Best access to quality wood

A fence is only as good as the wood it is made from. Unlike the average homeowner, professionals have access to the highest quality, locally-harvested wood, offering you superior fencing. Why choose second-rate fencing materials when you don’t have to? Going with the pros means getting the best wood possible for all your fence installation needs.

Great customer service

A professional fence installation business has the friendly, qualified staff to deliver the best customer service possible. You will not only get a dedicated project manager working for you, but also have the advantage of after sales follow up.

Better logistic options

Successfully installing a fence takes the right amount of know-how and planning. With a professional team on your side, they will handle all the details of the installation process, from the initial placement options to finished product, complete with the exact specifications and features your home deserves.

There are many fun, easy DIY projects to dig into out there. Fence installation isn’t one of them. Leaving your fencing work to the experts will save you time, money, and effort—not to mention a yard full of headaches and hassles.

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How to Take Care and Maintain Your Deck

How to Take Care and Maintain Your Deck

  • decks
  • maintenance

In the Lower Mainland, as much as it feels like a paradise some days, we have to remember the climate here is a temperate rainforest.  That means we get rain.   A lot of it.  But you already know that, you live here!  What does that mean for maintaining our decks?

Its best to establish routine maintenance for your deck, ensuring you get the best livability out of it while its nice out, but that you will see it last as long as possible. 

SPRING

This is a perfect time to wash and stain your deck.  Getting rid of the mold and mildew will help keep the rot at bay.

1) Give it a good clean.

  • Remove any debris from between the deck boards.
  • Sweep the deck off.
  • Apply the appropriate cleaner to the type of deck you have.
    • Wood deck – use a stiff bristled brush, and apply the cleaner evenly to the deck surface.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for letting it soak in (usually 10-15 minutes) and then hose off.  Do not use a pressure washer, as the high pressure can destroy the wood fibers leading to poor penetration of stain and accelerated rotting.’
    • Composite decking – use a soft brush, and scrub using a manufacturer’s recommended cleaning product.  Rinse off thoroughly and enjoy!

2) If there is any light maintenance to do, replacing boards, addressing missing or popped nails and screws, now is the time to do it.  If you notice any rough edges or splinters beginning, take care of it now with a sanding.  Our retail store has all the items you need to repair your deck.

3) Apply stain (wood decks only).

We carry a variety of stains to refinish your deck with.  We recommend that unless you completely sand and strip the existing stain off your deck, it’s best to apply the same type of stain overtop of the existing stain.

Use a clear stain to allow the grain of the wood to shine through.  Use a semi-transparent stain to tint the wood or for better UV protection.  Solid stains are useful if your deck has been weathered in the past, or you want to match the deck to compliment another color.

Make sure the deck is dry before you begin application, and that the weather is expected to stay dry for a couple of days.  Use a brush, or a roller and back brush, to evenly apply the stain.  Better to have two thin coats than one really thick coat.

SUMMER

Inspect and repair.

In between your BBQ’s and summer get-togethers, it’s a good time to give a close inspection to your decks’ structure.  The pressure treated sub-frame is the skeleton of your deck, and you want to make sure your ‘bones’ are in good shape.

1) Inspect for any signs of rot.  Use a screwdriver to lightly probe the joists and beams underneath your deck boards for any signs of soft sports.  Check the posts and railings to ensure there is no movement.  A rotting post can give way, causing injury.

2) Look at the ledger.  The ledger is a key structural member of your deck, the attachment point to your house.  This should be lag bolted to your house, not just nailed.  It’s important that the flashing is intact and doing its job of diverting water away from your ledger.  An improperly attached ledger or rotting ledger is the most common cause of a deck collapse.

FALL

Preventative maintenance.

This is a good time to wash and stain your deck if you didn’t get to it in the spring.  It is also worth giving your deck a rinse before putting it away for the winter.

Keep your grass, trees and bushes neatly trimmed and away from the deck.  Ensure you’re sweeping off leaves or other debris regularly to prevent mold and mildew from getting started.

Move furniture or other items occasionally to avoid UV rays from only discoloring certain parts of the deck.

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Water vs. Wood

Water vs. Wood

  • damage prevention
  • decks
  • maintenance
  • moisture
  • water damage

How Water Affects Wood
By Graham Bailey
UBC Wood Products Processing Student

It’s well known that water can cause some problems for wood. But do you know why? Or how? Knowing what exactly water does to your wood product can be a powerful tool in the fight against warping, splitting, rotting and failed stains. In this article, we’ll discuss both the structure of wood and the environment it’s in, explaining how and why water affects wood.

Wood is designed by a tree for two main purposes: support and transport. The support part is obvious, but what about transport? Water, nutrients and chemicals need to move to all parts of the tree. This need causes the tree to develop tube-like cells (Figure 1), which run vertically and horizontally. We’re going to focus on the vertically oriented cells, which are called longitudinal tracheids or simply tracheids (trake-ee-eds).

Red Cedar Cells

Figure 1: A cross section of Western Red Cedar (Courtesy of Dr. Simon Ellis, UBC Wood Science)

Tracheids make up the majority of cells in a tree. They’re typically 3-4 millimeters long and 0.03 millimeters in diameter. To put that in perspective, you could fit about 170 tracheids inside a pin. So, these cells are really small. And they’re also hollow, and their walls are kind of spring shaped.

What does that have to do with wood-water interaction?

It turns out that if you take a bunch of really small tubes and bunch them together, they tend to absorb water. And if they’re spring shaped, they will actually get longer as they absorb water, and get shorter as water is removed from them.

So why does that matter? If that were true, you might say, then when wood gets wet, it’ll just get longer. You could buy an 8 foot 2×4 in July and by November it might be long enough to replace that split 10-footer in your deck, right?

Well, no not quite. The structure of wood is highly variable, and its cell-density can change drastically depending on where in the log a piece of lumber is cut from (Figure 2). Denser cells absorb more water and dry more slowly, while the opposite is true of less dense cells. Most lumber contains areas of differing density, and if this contrast is stark enough we run into problems. If the lumber is wet and begins to dry, those two regions will contract at different rates, and we get something called differential longitudinal shrinkage, though its more commonly known as a hockey stick or firewood. With that in mind, we can develop the following rule:

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Figure 2: An example of variable cell-density. The orange cells are denser. (Courtesy of Dr. Simon Ellis, UBC Wood Science)

Wood can only warp when its moisture content changes

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On top of that, those changes only occur when the moisture content drops bellow roughly 20% in cedar. All moisture changes that happen above 20% cause absolutely no change in red cedar. The average “green” moisture content for red cedar is between 58% and 259%. Green lumber is any wood that isn’t kiln dried.

Another important fact here is that wood will equalize its moisture content with the humidity of the environment it’s in. For example, green lumber in the winter in Vancouver will eventually equalize at about 21% moisture content. In the summer that drops to about 10%.

But what does that mean for you? Basically, any green lumber you find is going to be soaking wet, and that isn’t a problem. Wood can only warp when it dries too much.

To wrap – or warp – up, we’ve looked at the basic structure of wood, and why that structure can change a boards shape. We also touched on what humidity has to do with moisture content, and that wet does not equal bad when it comes to buying green lumber. This knowledge will help you to better use wood products, and hopefully make your next project that much better.

Stay tuned for more articles on wood science, and make sure to leave a comment if you have any questions!

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A Deck Builder’s Guide to Protecting Your Deck This Winter

Winter is just around the corner. Is your deck ready for the upcoming season? With the nasty weather on the way, you’ll want to prepare your deck from all that rain, snow, and sleet. To help you protect your home’s outdoor activity hub from the harsh elements, our deck builders have put together some handy tips on how to winterize your deck.
Clear off your deck

Leaving your planters and furniture out all winter long can wreak havoc on your deck. Moisture can leach from your items, leaving behind stains, and causing mould and mildew. To prevent a decking disaster, clear off all the clutter from your deck and store them away in the storage shed or garage.
Get rid of the debris

Before the winter sets in, make sure to remove all the debris from your deck. Leaves, twigs, and dust can trap moisture that will not only create a breeding ground for mould, but also cause rot that can seriously damage the wood.

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Scrub it down

One of the most important things you can do to protect your deck this winter is to give it a thorough cleaning. Scrub your deck using mild soap or a specialized cleaning solution that doesn’t contain any bleach. Remove all the dirt and grime from the surface and in between cracks.

Seal your deck

Rain, snow, and sleet can damage your deck, causing warping and discolouration. Applying a fresh coat of sealant will go a long way in protecting the wood from the harsh winter elements. If your finish is starting to fade, make sure to replace the stain to shield your deck against moisture and ice.

Shovel that snow

Nobody likes to shovel snow. But keeping up with the snow removal duties will help prevent water damage and warping. Before you start scooping away, however, make sure to only use a plastic shovel. Metal objects can scratch your deck or even remove that new finish you spent the afternoon applying.

Cover the deck with a tarp

For that added layer of protection, spread a tarp over the deck. It will help keep moisture from seeping into the wood, preventing cracking boards, warping, and mildew from forming.

With Old Man Winter right around the corner, you don’t want to wait too long to shield your deck from the upcoming winter elements this season. With these handy tips and a little TLC, you’ll be back out on your deck in no time.

For professional deck builders you can count on, contact Sunbury Cedar.

Why Garden Cedar Sheds Are the Smart Choice

Looking for more storage space? A garden shed is a beautiful and handy addition to any backyard. Great for storing garden tools, lawnmowers, snowblowers, bags of soil, planting pots, and just about anything else that is cluttering your home, a beautifully crafted garden shed is the answer to all your storage problems. But with so many cedar shed types and styles to choose from, it can be a little tricky finding the right one. Here are just some of the reasons why garden cedar sheds are the smart choice.

Cedar keeps its shape

Many types of wood warp in harsh weather conditions—but not cedar. This wood is super solid, capable of keeping its shape no matter what Mother Nature throws at it. From rainy or snowy winters to dry and hot summers, a garden cedar shed is the all-weather solution that won’t shrink or swell.

Resistant to rot

British Columbia gets its fair share of wet weather. Natives to the Pacific Northwest, cedars know this fact quite well. Because of the exposure to huge amounts of damp weather, these trees have developed water-resistant properties to protect them from fungus and mildew. So, if you have a garden shed made from cedar, you won’t have to worry about rot damage.

Insect repellant

Worried that insects are going to make a snack out of your garden shed? Believe it or not, cedar is naturally resistant to insects too. Unlike many types of wood, cedar not only looks amazing, but also fends off destructive insects, making it the ideal bug-proof choice for garden sheds.

Eco-friendly

Protecting the environment is a major concern for many homeowners. Everyone wants to do their part to protect the Earth and preserve resources—and choosing cedar garden sheds can help homeowners do just that. Compared with manufacturing plastic, vinyl, or steel sheds, cedar sheds are far less damaging to the environment.

Smells amazing

As if you needed any more reasons to choose this strong, gorgeous garden shed option, cedar also smells fantastic. If you want to bring the great outdoors into the comfort of your own backyard, nothing compares with the aroma of cedar wood.

Make no mistake, investing in a cedar garden shed makes perfect sense. Metal, plastic, and vinyl sheds simply can’t compare with the charm, beauty, and versatility of a cedar shed.

For gorgeous garden cedar sheds, visit Sunbury Cedar today!

Red Cedar Indoors

Red Cedar Indoors

Known for its warm, rich colours and natural resistance to decay, Red Cedar has been a prize building product for outdoor projects. Perhaps lesser known are its interior applications.

Living Rooms

Soak in the sun or light the fire, it’s lounging time! Wood adds an abundance of character to living areas and showcases a home’s natural beauty. The spring and summer sun pouring in highlights the red and yellow tones, or creates warmth and contrast in the winter months.

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Kitchens

The essence of a house is its kitchen. It’s more than just an area to prepare meals. It’s the heart of a home, a gathering place, it’s what makes a home a home! The natural warmth of cedar makes it the ideal choice for elegant kitchen walls, ceilings, and trims.

Indoor

Saunas

Perhaps the ultimate in luxury home spa options. Red cedar has been used for decades in saunas because of its high tolerance for the ranges of heat and moisture that it can handle. The cell’s stability keeps it from warping and twisting in extreme temperature ranges.

Sauna

Barn Doors

So much of our interior spaces are made with rather cheap and bland materials. Real wood gives a genuine and natural feel. A barn door can be rough and rustic or quite refined. The hardware is easy to find and makes for a straightforward DIY home improvement.

Barn Door
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Simplifying Staining

Simplifying Staining

  • clear stain
  • Deck
  • deck finishing
  • finishing
  • old stain
  • peeling stain
  • purluxe
  • re-finishing
  • refinishing
  • sikkens
  • staining
  • translucent stain

By Graham Bailey

UBC Wood Products Student

What are you Finishing?

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Deciding what finish to use on your deck, siding or fence can be one of the more confusing choices that you have to make when you build with cedar. Do you go with a translucent or solid stain? What brand is best to use? How long does your lumber have to dry before you stain it? What about pressure treated material? What do I have to do before I can throw the first coat on, and how many coats do I need?

We get it. It’s confusing. But that’s why we’re here; to cut through the brochure marketing, and help you choose the best product, use it the right way, and get the most out of your cedar products, from start to finish.

Part 1: Cedar Decking

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Finishing a New Deck

Preparation 

Let’s walk through the ideal way to stain a new, uninstalled deck. For starters, we’re going to talk a little bit about wood-moisture interactions. The number one reason that wood of any kind cracks, warps, cups or that the paint or stain on a given board peels or bubbles is water. Wood can take on or loose water depending on the environment it’s in, and it can do this in a matter of hours. This means that there is no hard and fast rule about allowing your lumber to dry outdoors. It is different for every environment and every piece of lumber. Saying a week to six weeks is completely arbitrary. That said, there is a way to know for sure. Purchasing a pin-less moisture meter is a cheap, effective way to determine the moisture content of your deck prior to staining.

Once we understand how water interacts with your deck, the rest is easy. Unlike the drying time, there are some rules and steps that apply to finishing your deck regardless of its environment.

Decide what type of stain you want to use, and determine if it needs to be applied to all six sides of the deck.

  1. Spray the lumber with water.
  2. Apply a solution of 4 ounces TSP, 1 quart liquid bleach, and 3 quarts water. Allow the solution to sit for 15-20 minutes and then scrub with a hard bristle brush. This will remove any weathering or “mill glaze” from the surface of you deck, allowing the stain to fully penetrate. Do not allow the solution to dry.
  3. Spray the decking with a pressure washer, set to a maximum of 500 PSI, 8-12 inches from the surface of the deck. This should not visibly peel or remove material from the deck. If you see that you are removing significant material from the deck, turn the pressure down, move back, or spray at a shallower angle.
  4. Allow the wood to dry. Ideally we want a moisture content of 12% to 18% or lower. Use a pin-less moisture meter along the length of the board to determine the moisture content. Make sure the moisture meter is set to cedar.
  5. After the decking has dried, sand with 60-80 grit sandpaper. Remove dust as you go.
  6. Apply your stain as soon as possible, to take advantage of the work you’ve put into preparing the deck. Generally, steps 2 through 6 will have to be repeated if the deck is left to weather for more than a week.

Think of a new deck as a first impression: you only get one shot at doing it right. Take a little extra time, use a higher quality stain, and you’ll thank yourself the next time you finish your deck.

Re-Finishing an Old Deck

Wood Deck Background

Preparation

Refinishing a previously stained surface is where most deck owners get tripped up. There is generally a bit of confusion as to what needs to be done, and what condition the deck needs to be in before fresh stain is applied, as well as when a deck should be re-finished.

One of the advantages of stain is that it allows a deck owner to choose when they want to re-finish. Because stain penetrates the material, it won’t peel off when it needs to be refinished, unlike a building finish such as polyurethane. The finish will fade slowly over time, and when it gets too faded for your liking, that’s when you re-finish.

For the most part, follow the steps above for finishing a new deck. The only real difference is that the old finish needs to be removed from the surface. In the case of having a stain on a surface which is peeling, a chemical stripper should be used in place of the TSP solution which will have very little effect on a peeling finish. The goal here is to completely remove the old finished with a chemical stripper, rinse, sand, and let it dry a couple of days. This will expose or “loosen” some wood fibre so that the new stain has something to take hold of. The colouration from the old stain doesn’t need to be completely removed from the wood if you’re using a similar pigment. If you’re going with a finish that is a completely different formula, you’ll want to remove as much of the old finish as possible. Again, the main goal is to “rough up” the surface so that the stain has a chance to penetrate into the material.

Translucent Stains

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All of the Sikkens translucent stains that we sell are oil based with an added pigment. Oil based stains tend to work better on cedar decking because they soak into the wood

We sell two different top of the line Sikkens ProLuxe finishes here at Sunbury Cedar; Cetol SRD RE and Cetol DEK FINISH.

Cetol SRD RE (Alkyd and Linseed Oil)

Cetol SRD is by far our most popular deck stain. Its low price, high-quality alkyd solution, and easy one coat application make it the go to for refinishing and decks that have already been installed. It is also better suited for decks that are within 2 feet of the ground.

Cetol DEK FINISH (High Solids Alkyd)

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Cetol DEK FINISH is our top of the line oil based translucent deck stain. Its high solids alkyd solution is one of the best penetrating stains on the market, which in turn makes it one of the longest lasting stains available. It has a bit of a higher price when compared to the Cetol SRD, and it needs to be applied to a deck with at least two feet of separation from the ground. Cetol DEK FINISH also needs to be applied in two coats on all six sides of the deck board. By applying the stain to all surfaces of the board, the amount of moisture that can move in and out of the wood can be minimized. By reducing moisture exchange, the board will be less likely to warp, split or decay over the life of the stain.

What to Avoid

For the most part, if a deck finishing product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anything that you apply to your deck without removing the old finish or that “builds” on top of the lumber is likely to fail very quickly. The surface oils in cedar won’t allow the finish to bond with the lumber, which allows moisture to get between the finish and the deck, resulting in a failed finished that peels quickly.

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