How to Properly Stain a Deck

A deck is a huge investment for any home owner. Making sure it stays clean and protected will insure it has a long life. With the proper cleanup and a proper application of stain you can avoid costly repairs and regular degradation that many wood deck owners experience.  Once completed you can restore your old deck or further protect a newer deck.  Taking this time on an annual or bi-yearly basis will have you dodging the need for major repairs, leaving it protected from weather and allowing the natural look of wood to shine through.

Prep and Cleaning

This is the most important part of staining your deck.  Do it correctly and be patient with drying and you will be rewarded with an easy staining experience.

Clear your deck of all your potted plants, outdoor furniture and other obstacles on your deck. Blow off or sweep the deck clean of any debris, leaves and dirt.  Cover all perimeter plants and shrubs located around the deck with painter’s plastic or drop clothes.

Once fully cleaned, check the deck boards that may need to be replaced. Deck boards that are rotten, severely warped or have large splits should be replaced.  Look for nails that may have raised up and use larger nails to re-secure the boards. Minor splits can be sanded down using an orbital sander to smooth the surface.  Check you gaps between boards for buildup of old leaves, pine needles and dirt removing with a flat plastic putty knife or straight edge. Re-sweep the deck and hose the surface down to remove any stubborn debris.

Suit yourself up with the proper protection with gloves, old clothing and eye protection when working with any chemical cleaners and following the manufacturer’s directions, apply a wood cleaner such as 30 Second Cleaner or SuperDeck Wood Cleaner with a pressurized garden sprayer being careful not to let the solution dry.  Agitate the cleaner into the wood with a long handled stiff bristled brush for 10 -15 minutes and then rinse off with water. Allow deck to fully dry.

Once fully cleaned let’s bring back the color and vibrancy that you remember when the deck was first installed. SuperDeck Wood Brightener should do just that. Hopefully you still have all your protective gear so make sure your pressurized garden sprayer is cleaned of any previous chemicals and use it to apply the wood brightener in the same way as the cleaner. Don’t let the solution dry and agitate the cleaner into the wood with a long handled stiff bristled brush for 10 -15 minutes and then rinse off with water.

Rinse off the plastic you used to protect the surrounding plants and store away for use when staining.

Allow deck to dry fully for at least three days before moving on to staining.

Staining the Deck

If you don’t have a favorite stain and color there are many to choose from so we advise getting some advice in our stores from one of our paint specialists for your proper environment and for maximum protection.  Take advantage of our annual exterior stain sales that starts around Memorial Day and runs through June. It will undoubtedly save yourself some needed cash and allow for some new deck accessories.

These are the most popular of exterior deck stains we stock and sell. Click images for direct link to manufacturer’s website.

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Cover the plants to protect them from any splattering.

Stir the stain thoroughly and pour the stain into a paint tray. Apply a THIN coat of stain using a paint roller attached to a long handle rolling it in the direction of the boards making sure the stain does not puddle or pool.

With a paint brush get all the ends of the boards stained and allow the deck to fully dry.  Repeat this process at least two more times utilizing multiple thin coats rather than a single heavy coat.

Once you have completed the process inspect the deck fully for any areas you might have missed, paying attention to the ends of boards, stairs, railings or other attached wood structures.

Now is the fun part!  Remove the plastic protecting the plants, return your outdoor furniture to its place and start planning that summer bar-b-que to show off your hard work.

If you clean and stain your deck every 1-2 years you will have a deck that will stay protected, looking new and perfect for your outdoor enjoyment. Have questions? Come in and ask to talk with one of our paint & stain specialists or give us a call.  We’d be happy to help!

Hartnagel Building Supply is Hiring for a Contractor Sales Professional!

Hartnagel Building Supply, an all employee owned company is hiring!

If you are looking for full time employment, we have a great opportunity for you! Our team of employee owners make up a wide range of the most creative, knowledgeable and caring that the North Peninsula has to offer.  We consider our customers to be family with many we know by first name, so we are looking for the pinnacle of customer service in our hires.  Angeles Millwork & Lumber and Hartnagel Building Supply have been community fixtures in the area for over 55 years and we offer the best in building materials to the industry professional and the do-it-yourselfer.  If the opportunity to be on our team is enticing to you then we encourage you to apply!

We are seeking to fill a Contractor Sales Professional Position for sales and material takeoffs for commercial and residential building projects with the following qualities:

  • Ability to do lumber takeoffs
  • Personable and able to build a strong customer clientele
  • Must be detail oriented and organized
  • Able to work well independently but also with a sales team
  • Takes initiative but is also great at following directions
  • Minimum of 2 years industry related experience
  • Skilled in the use of a computer
  • 18 years or older

Full time with benefits
Pay DOE
Drug testing required

Download an application here.

Drop off an application in person or mail to Hartnagel Building Supply 3111 East HWY 101,  Port Angeles, WA 98362 or fax to 360-452-8943

 

Join us for the 35th Annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show

Join us at the 35th Annual Clallam County Home & Lifestyle Show at Port Angeles High School! 

Starting Saturday, March 11th from 9:30am – 4pm and Sunday the 12th from 9:30am – 4pm we’ll be manning one of the largest booths of the show.  The booth was hand build by employee owners of Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply to highlight the full variety of quality building materials we sell and the multiple products relevant to a new home build or remodel.  Staffed with our most knowledgeable employee owners prepared to share with you the building materials that we feel are the best for your next remodel, renovation or new home.  This is a no-pressure environment where we’re just happy to share information about the materials we know represent the best the peninsula has to offer.

We will feature the following at our booth.  Click an image below and go straight to the manufacturers website (If applicable).

 

 

Two Stores and a Simple Vision – The Platinum Tape, a blog by Kelly Fox

We have begun rolling out new logos for both our stores in the hopes to visually unify our brand.

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Each logo although appearing similar will be specific to each, Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co. and Hartnagel Building Supply.  There will be no more confusion of who Lumber Traders is or was. We are still and always have been just your friendly home town lumber yards doing business the way we have for almost 110 years.

New-Logos

The saw blade in our new logo represents our heritage as Angeles Millwork, the board represents our tie to the building materials industry at Hartnagel Building Supply, and Mt Olympus represents the place we all call home, the Olympic Peninsula.  We are very proud of these three things!

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The re-branding also gave us the opportunity to clean up the look and feel of the inside of our stores, our website, and message to the community.  When you stop by the stores next time I hope you take notice of the new aisle markers that will make our stores much easier to shop.  When you need information on an upcoming building project or want to know what is happening with us, I think you will enjoy the added content on our website featuring our great team of employee owners in action.

 

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Whether you are loyal to one store or shop at both, we are grateful for your business and thank you for shopping locally.  When you see our logo or shop our stores, I sincerely hope that you feel the same connection to it that we feel to our community and our customers.[/pullquote]

Kelly-Fox-ImageWarm Regards,

Kelly Fox, CEO
Lumber Traders, INC.
Angeles Millwork & Lumber Co.
Hartnagel Building Supply

Tyvek Product Knowledge Breakfast for Contractors & Crew

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All licensed contractors and their crew are welcome!

You’re invited to join us for a Tyvek product demonstration & training with breakfast on us.

7 a.m. Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 @ the Fairmont Restaurant (map below)

 

  • presented by representatives from OrePac and Tyvek
  • product demonstrations and training
  • discussion on better building science as it regards to building envelopes and energy conservation
  • demonstrations on installation of windows, doors and penetrations that will reduce callbacks and claims
  • participants will also have the opportunity to schedule free Tyvek certified installer training and job site walks.
  • ten-year product AND labor warranty from DuPont Tyvek with certification

Please RSVP at joshb@lumbertradersinc.com with contractor’s license number and names of those attending.

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ROXUL Insulation Product Knowledge Presentation

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We welcome you to a special product knowledge presentation Wednesday, January 13th, 2016.  Open to the public.

APEC representative Terry Trafton will be giving a special table top, product knowledge presentation on the benefits, uses and installation of Roxul insulation on Wednesday, January 13th at Hartnagel Building Supply from 10 – 11 a.m. and at Angeles Millwork & Lumber from 1:30 – 2:30pm.