How to stain an Ipe deck

A lovely mountain deck owned by a former Apple Inc Executive. The deck is ipe, a hardwood that traditionalists say needs to be stained every 6 months with a nasty oil-based stain. Well, we used a hybrid oil/water stain and it still looked great 3 years later. A lot less effort and hassle; difficult to get right, tho.

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Our new Book “Deckology” which tells you about the three most important ways of maintaining your deck.

Yes, we really did write the book on Deck Finishing and Carpentry! It’s called “Deckology’. It’s a 90 page book; you can buy it on amazon.com for $10 – all proceeds go to the Loma Prieta Education Fund. This short video tells you the three most important things you need to know about maintaining your deck: Preparation (repair, cleaning, other prep work), Staining (choosing a stain, applying a stain, when to apply stain) and Getting it Done (Do nothing or get it refinished; Hire a contactor or do it yourself; Working with a contractor). Get the book!

Why you should Choose Summit Deck Doctor

Summit Deck Doctor is a Bay Area leader in deck finishing and carpentry. We recognize you have a choice and we would like you to choose us. This short video features a deck whose stain is still intact 10 years later (yes, amazing!), and a chat with our favorite client, Barbara Morgan, talking about her experience with Summit Deck Doctor. If you are thinking of hiring Summit Deck Doctor, you should watch this video. Yes, it’s an unabashed promotional video, but a real client’s words are worth 2 minutes of your time!