Fence Refinishing Atlanta, GA - Cleaning, Staining, Sealing
Our Fence Refinishing - Cleaning, Staining, Sealing Services
Our fence restoration & refinishing services include pressure cleaning sealing staining and waterproofing all types of wood fencing. No fence is too large, small, or complex. We specialize in cedar fence treatments, as well as pressure treated pine fences. We've restored fences in the North Atlanta, GA area since 1993. We would love the opportunity to be your wood fence restoration, stain and seal, and fence maintenance specialists! Let us show you the difference our 25 plus years experience will make for your Atlanta, GA fence.
Our Fence Refinishing Process Step 1: Fence Walk Through
We first meet with our customers and go over the fence restoration & refinishing project, analyze variables such as- your fence’s sun exposure, orientation, adjacent landscaping, adjacent shrubs, trees that may hinder access and need pruning. During the initial visit we can also go over what look you'd like for the fence. We can show you samples, pictures of our most popular penetrating oil-based fence stains and sealers. Once we've gathered all the information we'll type up a written project proposal and send it out (via email). We usually send the written proposal out same day of estimate, but could do it at time of estimate if you’re under time constraints.
Our Fence Refinishing Process Step 2: Fence Cleaning
Once fence refinishing proposal has been approved we'll start with the prep:
If it is a new fence - (after at least 90 days – preferably after 6 months) we'll lightly clean the fence to remove surface dirt, grime carpenter's pencil marks, (grade stamps if you so wish to remove), brighten it (very important - opens pores of the wood, as well as removing mill glazing).
If it is an older fence - We use a more robust wood fence cleaner (oxygen based) that not only removes mildew, dirt, greying, but also removes failing, old oil based stains, and sealers. We then follow the deep cleaning with a thorough brightening. This step brings back the natural tone of the wood. Deck cleaners darken wood , brighteners rejuvenate the wood back to life! This step is missed by many, but is essential for a proper fence restoration and refinishing project.
Once the wood fence has been thoroughly cleaned, and brightened we will allow it to fully dry.
>If it is an older fence with a water-based stain, sealer – We strongly suggest never using water-based stains and sealers on a fence, but if your fence already has a water-based stain, and sealer we will thoroughly clean the fence, and re-apply the same product (if we can find out what it is), if not, we can attempt to strip, neutralize a test section of the fence. If the fence stripping doesn’t work to our standards the fence will be a good candidate for a solid stain fence refinishing project.
Our Fence Refinishing Process Step 3: Fence Staining & Sealing
Once fence has had a chance to fully dry we will inspect the fence to ensure an even appearance. Many times a fence will look great when wet, but imperfections will only be visible when dry. Here we can touch-up sand, prep, etc any areas that may need special attention before staining. We will screw in any loose fence panels, and button up the fence before staining. After the inspection is done we start on the staining and sealing process.
We only use PENETRATING oil-based stains and sealers from TWP, Cabot. We can use water-based but would strongly urge never to use water based stains, and sealers unless your HOA requires it.
Water based stains and sealers are preferred by painters, builders because they are lower odor compared to oil-based stains and sealers, no mineral spirits are needed to clean brushes, sprayers (lower cost). The issue with water based stains arises when the stain weathers - it does so in an uneven fashion, stripping thoroughly is near impossible (because of previous over-application and acrylic properties ) so many times fences with old water-based stains have to be re-coated with the same product, or be a candidate for fence refinishing (painting)). Whereas, oil based stains and sealers can be removed with gentle pet, and plant safe cleaners. You can, after 2 years decide to go with a different product without much effort in the process. That’s the big difference between water-based (acrylic) and penetrating oil-based stains and sealer.
We know that unfortunately HOA's spec' out sherwin-williams stains, and sealers. For those circumstances we suggest requesting the HOA approve using an oil based stain and sealer (superdeck) over their more popular water based superdeck - we would never suggest superdeck under any other condition other than the home-owner being forced by their HOA to use it. Oil based superdeck semi-transparent and semi-solid stains won't blister, have chipping, or uneaven appearance down the road. We strongly suggest using a penetrating oil based fence stain and sealer whenever possible. Never under any circumstances use water based semi-transparent stain on a fence.
We make sure that the fence absorbs plenty of penetrating oil based stain. The trans-oxide pigments in the stain will not only accentuate the grain while adding a touch of natural color, but will also help ensure that it will hold up to sun exposure, sun damage, won’t shift color (grey prematurely) and the oil qualities will ensure that the fence repels moisture, adds lubricity to older dried wood thereby extending the fence’s life. We believe using a penetrating oil-based stain and sealer from TWP, Cabot, (or others like Ready-seal (inferior, but leaps and bounds better than sherwin-williams), Armstrong-clark (very good!), PENOFIN, RYMAR, etc.)) Will protect your fence, will be a breeze to maintain, will be a breeze to remove if you choose to go with a different color, or a different product, and will be cost-effective to maintain in the long-run. After the staining and sealing portion of the fence restoration and refinishing project has been completed we go to step 4.
Our Fence Refinishing Step 4: Final Fence Walk Through
Final walk through of the fence refinishing project will take place after project completion (allowing a day or two for fence to dry). Once fence restoration and refinishing project has been completed to your 100% satisfaction do we discuss payment. We will never ask for any money up front. You don't pay until the job is complete and to your satisfaction!
We believe by following these 4 simple steps we ensure every job is treated with the same care, and no crucial steps are missed during the process.