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Deck Cleaning Manual For Wood Restoration Training Classes

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Learn How To Clean And Seal Decks And Perform Wood Restoration Services

This deck cleaning manual is the most comprehensive and in-depth manual that you will ever find for contractors on wood restoration!  Our deck cleaning manual and classes on Wood Restoration are recommended by every major organization in the power washing industry!  We have taught classes on deck cleaning and sealing and advanced wood restoration for over ten years - at Trade Shows, Conventions and regional seminars and are recognized experts in the power washing industry.

Have you looked around to see how much exposed wood is around you? Take a moment and look around. Everywhere you look you see unprotected wood. All across America, 1 out of every 3 homes has a wood deck. Decks are one of today’s most popular home improvement projects. Besides adding extra room to a house, they are a proven addition to its value. When selling their home, homeowners recoup 73% - 110% of the cost of adding a deck. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the cost of building a deck can range from under $1,000 for a small, simple structure, to more than $30,000 for a large, custom design.

Why is wood restoration such an opportunity to make money?

Wood of all kinds - redwood, cedar, pine, Ipe, cypress, mahogany, and more are being used on the outside of homes. Decks, fences, docks, play sets, cedar roofs, and cedar siding are everywhere. These are our opportunities! All of this wood is turning gray and rotting away. Even the painted wood is peeling. What’s the real cause? Neglect! What’s even more amazing is that the majority of people don’t even know what they’re supposed to be doing to take care of their wood - like cleaning & sealing it once in a while.

The natural weathering process of wood is actually a very complex combination of chemical, mechanical, biological, and light-induced processes, which interact and change the appearance and integrity of unprotected wood exposed to the elements.

These processes are caused by the decomposition of wood components by moisture, sunlight (ultraviolet radiation), temperature, oxygen, atmospheric pollution and airborne fungal spores. These factors combine to physically and chemically attack wood lignin, the chemical structure that holds wood together. Once wood surfaces turn gray, the surface continues to slowly erode.

The forces of weathering can be devastating to wood. Moisture from rain, snow, and dew are quickly absorbed by unprotected wood causing it to swell while washing out the natural wood resins and coloring. The heat from the sun dries and shrinks the wood. These daily cycles of wet and dry swelling and shrinking causes the wood to warp, splinter, cup, crack and become discolored while allowing the sunlight (UV) rays to break down the cell structure and degrade the integrity of the wood.

Moisture that is allowed to sit in the wood will soon serve as a natural food source for mold, mildew, algae, and fungus causing black, green or gray discoloration.
Since decks are horizontal surfaces, they hold water, snow and dew for longer periods of time - which accelerates damage. Deck floors get 40 to 50 percent more UV radiation from sunlight than comparable vertical surfaces. The prolonged dampness attracts dirt from atmospheric pollution and airborne fungal spores. Although nature is actually what damages wood, it is homeowner neglect that causes the damage – or allows it to happen.

The temperature difference between the sun-exposed top of the board and the shaded bottom can be as much as 50º F. In addition to this, decks are subject to more foot traffic than other structures.

What are the signs of degraded wood?

Aside from the classic grayed-out look, deck boards show their degraded condition a number of ways. For example, weak or spongy boards have lost their strength through the weathering cycle. Once a board has begun to flex or bend, it is only a short way from collapsing under normal weight. Another example is “checking” (where the surface of the wood shows cracks that run against the grain. This is obvious water damage, and the board should, most likely, be replaced. Splits in the wood along the grain are signs of excessive drying (caused by the leaching out of the natural moisture and oils). Cracks like this do not weaken the wood but they do take away from the appearance of the wood. This cracking can be prevented to some degree by sealing the wood early in its life. Nothing, however, can be done to repair any damage to wood once it has occurred. Damage can be slowed or stopped with careful maintenance, but never reversed.

Now is your chance to start a profitable business in the wood restoration industry, through our class on how to clean and seal wood decks, or from purchasing this deck cleaning manual.  What are you waiting for?

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