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deck power washing/staining.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by slowleak, Apr 12, 2003.

  1. slowleak

    slowleak LawnSite Member
    from 63055
    Messages: 96

    i have the opp. to bid a job this mon. gentleman has a cedar deck. two level w/rails and steps. about 1200 sq. ft. what pressure should i use to clean.? sorry if i'm off subject. thanks if any one can advise.kevin
  2. gslam88

    gslam88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

  3. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    one thing you should look into is, if your state requires a license for applying wood preservative stains.

    Wood preservatives are considered 'pesticides' and may require a special pesticide license for commercial applicators.
  4. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 538

    I charge $1.50-$2.00 per sq. ft. for decks anywhere from 150-400 sq. ft. A 1200 sq. ft. deck is very large. I would give them a little bit better rate per sq. ft. due to that size.
    Since cedar is a very soft wood you have to be extremely careful to not use too much pressure or get to close with the wand. I have seen cedar decks that have grooves cut in them from pressure washers. Also, is the deck currently covered in a solid stain, semi-transparent, or not protected at all? If you are stripping off a solid color stain it is much more time consuming. What type of stain are you using? I recommend Cuprinol, sold by Sherwin Williams. Stay away from the ones sold in HD or Lowe's
  5. slowleak

    slowleak LawnSite Member
    from 63055
    Messages: 96

    thanks dave!! happy easter.

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