Lansing Deck Maintenance

Proper maintenance is important to keep your home looking its best. At Custom Built, our Lansing deck maintenance experts provide all the services and tools you need to keep your deck looking as good as new – no matter how long you’ve had it. From deck staining to cleaning, wood refinishing, and deck repairs, our Lansing deck maintenance experts will ensure your outdoor deck continues to be a beautiful addition to your home.

Services Our Lansing Deck Maintenance Contractors Offer

  • Deck Maintenance
  • Deck Staining
  • Deck Cleaning
  • Deck Painting
  • Wood Refinishing
  • Deck Repairs
  • Deck Builder
  • Outdoor Living
  • Deck Washing
  • Deck Refinishing
  • Lansing Deck Maintenance
  • Deck Maintenance in Lansing, MI

Wood Deck Care

This includes all wolmanized lumber, cedar, redwood, pine decks.

Why do Decks Need to be Maintained? with proper maintenance and regular staining a wood deck may last up to 30 years. Deck staining should take place every 2-3 years depending on use and exposure to weather. Wood weathers and decomposes due to many elements. The two main elements that cause damage to exterior wood are moisture(caused from rain, dew, etc.) and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Other common factors are traffic, location, and temperature. All these factors contribute to the degradation of the wood’s lignin, which is a glue-like substance that holds wood together. When lignin begins to break down it will cause splitting, checking, raised grain and, most obvious, discoloration of wood. Mildew growth along with the cellulose left as the lignin degrades, leads to a surface that is gray in color. Loose fibers on the surface need to be removed before the deck is stained, otherwise the hard work of staining the deck will simply seal in the discolored and weathered-looking wood. You can trust Custom Built for quality results and expert craftsmanship: call Custom Built today.

Deck Maintenance Process


Designed to remove old stain.


All wood surfaces should have a neutral pH balance before any stain is applied. Using wood cleaners and strippers will alter the pH, and require the use of a brightener to restore the wood to its neutral state. By applying a wood brightener, a neutral environment is created on the wood surface. This helps to open up the wood pores and lighten the wood. The result is a “brand new wood” look that is always desired. The longevity of the stain is directly proportional to the surface preparation. Achieving a neutral surface through the use of a wood brightener will ensure the best results for the staining process. Using a wood brightener is always recommended anytime a cleaning or stripping agent is used.


The vast array of stains and sealers on the market today fall into three different categories. Solid, semi-transparent and transparent. Solid stains are film- forming stains that actually lay on top of the wood. Solid stains, like all stains and sealers, will breakdown over time. Beyond fading, the effects of the sun along with excess moisture will cause solid stains to peel and chip. We believe the best way to protect exterior wood is through the use of non film- forming oil based stains. These are labeled as transparent and semi-transparent stains. Stains in these categories are penetrating, and do not form a film that sits on top of the wood’s surface.

Armstrong Stains

Penetrating transparent and semi-transparent stains contain pigments and oils that do not form a surface. Our recommended stain is Armstrong. Armstrong’s formula is a combination of drying and non-drying oils that gives the user two layers of protection.

Armstrong’s Wood Stains have non-drying conditioning oils that separate from the drying side of the formula. These oils penetrate deep into the wood fiber where the wood’s natural oils used to be. This process rejuvenates the wood. The drying oils stay at the surface, lock in the conditioning oils, and create a barrier that is dry to the touch.

Deck Maintenance For Other Deck Types

Tropical Hardwood Deck Care

Tropical hardwoods include Ipe, Tiger wood, and Teak.

When caring for tropical woods: At least once a year, rinse let dry for 24hrs; Treat with Hard Oil.

Composite Deck Cleaning

Like most things left outside they need to be cleaned, your composite deck is no different. Most Composite decking is a mix of recycled plastic and recycled wood fiber. It is the organic material in composite decks that can mold over time. We can clean your deck and give it a whole new look. We use a composite deck cleaner specifically designed to address to remove mold and mildew from your composite. Powerful penetrating detergents carry the deck cleaner rapidly through soils and into the pores of the deck to control mold and its spores at their source.

FAQ’s on Deck Maintenance

Pure and simple it loses its protective nondrying natural oils.

Armstrong has nondrying oils in the formulas. During the drying process these oils completely separate; penetrate deep and bulk into the dry wood fibers. The balance of the formula dries on the op and locks in the nondrying oils. you get two layers of protection with one spray pass of brush stroke.

Titanium-dioxide is used by most paint and stain manufacturers to increase hide (opacity). We feel that this clouds the final color. We only use Transparent-oxide and earth colors in our coatings. The color is therefore much sharper.

Yes, Shake Shield repels liquid (H20) however vapor from inside the house is free to exit.

Armstrong’s has nondrying conditioning oils that separate from the drying side of the formulas. These oils penetrate deep into the wood fiber where the wood’s natural oils used to be. this process rejuvenates the wood. The drying oils stay at the surface and lock in the water conditioning oils and create a dry to the touch barrier. Armstrong’s formulas also contain vegetable oils, transparent-oxide pigments, water repellents, mildecide and solvent. Armstrong’s contains no titanium-dioxide (like most companies).(Driftwood tone excluded)

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