Monday, May 10, 2010

Trestle wood

Here we just finished staining the fascia, window frames, pergola, railings and decks on a beautiful house in Ranch place. The homeowners are accelerating the aging process on the siding using a spruce based formula and the results are pretty incredible. The stain we used was a clear weathered exterior Messmer's (22 gallons) and it really spruced up the wood!

The Hispanic landscaping crew brought their microwave every day. That's what I'm talkin about!

3 inch rough sawn spruce deck.

This deck is amazing. Constructed of rough sawn 3 inch spruce, the boards look like reclaimed wood. This deck feels like you are on the deck at Sundance (if you've ever been there) or on the deck of a old rugged ship. Truly beautiful, structurally impenetrable, these decks have a timeless, solid feel that make redwood 2 x 6 feel like little twigs. I would love to be installing this kind of decking and will encourage my clients to consider it if it works with the construction of their house.

I applied a coat of Sikkens Log home coating in the dark oak tint. This product has a sheen to it, and creates a coating on the deck instead of just soaking in. I am curious to see how it will hold up since film forming coatings tend to crack and peel in an exterior setting (see below).

The deck had an interior tinted oil urethane already on it, which is why we went with a similar product but in an exterior grade. We prepped the deck with a scuff sand so the new coating would bond better, followed by pressure washing to remove debri that would interfere with the coating.

Here is the teak deck that we stained the other day. Notice the blue siding on this house. We also stained the entire house last year in a Cabot semi-transparent with a bluish tint on the siding and red trim to tie the deck in. We have gotten lots of compliments and it looks great!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Teak Maintenance

Teak is a very hard wood that is often used for outside furniture and occasionally, giant decks in Park City. This deck is about 1600 square feet (at least 2 of my apartments). Last summer we drum sanded this monster and applied Sikkens SRD using about 80% Teak color and 20% Mahogany. We also ended up staining the entire house, and are staining their neighbor's house this spring.

The thing about hardwood decks is they have a very tight grain and don't allow nearly as much stain to penetrate the wood as redwood. This means they need to be maintained yearly, or even twice a year in Park City to avoid oxidization. This deck has some installation issues as well but we won't get into that here...

We did a 60 grit orbital sand, added about 100 screws to tighten loose boards (note installation issues above), and stained using 100% Teak color Sikkens SRD since the boards had darkened some and the added mahogany was not necessary. No pressure washing since we did not want to add water to this wood before staining and risk more swelling and popping of boards.
Turned out AWESOME!
Before and after orbit sanding

Really pretty grain

Thursday, April 29, 2010

All finished with this restoration. 31 year old deck looks like new!

We removed the old railing and went with a different design. Instead of attaching the balusters directly to the facing, we installed 4x4 redwood posts and a bottom 2 x 4 receiving rail. This is a lot cleaner and less cage-like, allows snow to be shoveled under the railing, is more structurally sound and allowed us to re-paint the face board in a solid while keeping the railing in a semi-transparent stain.

Another great sucess for the deck stylists!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

About our name...

There has been a bit of confusion about our name(s) that we advertise under. Here's the scoop. We are started with Park City Deck Stylists in 2002 as a deck refinishing company. Since then, we have gradually added interior wood sanding and refinishing, mostly hardwood flooring. We also install both decks and floors now as well.

We added Park City Wood Stylists as a way to reach out more accurately to our market. Basically, if you have, or want semi-transparent, translucent, or clear coated wood surfaces in your home, we can install, restore, or maintain those surfaces. Park City Deck Stylists is our original name and we have many loyal clients who know us by that name, so we continue to use both names. Park City Wood Stylists when we are working on interior projects, and Park City Deck Stylists if we are working outside.

Our web sites:

Our legal structure:
McAffee, llc DBA Park City Deck Stylists, DBA Park City Wood Stylists
I really hope that clears things up. The thing that matters most is that under either name we are the same professional, dedicated, and talented company!

Industry insight

Well, if you were directed here by my web site, you are probably expecting to see some industry insights...

Insight for today

We offer two distinct types of maintenance after our restorations.

1. Pressure wash with TSP, scrub brush, re-coat with penetrating oil stain to match existing topcoat. *Lowest price*

Very minimal labor and we can give the best price out there on this service guaranteed. Must be done before oxidization has begun and care must be taken to avoid over-application in non weathered areas. 18 months is an ideal time frame for this in south/west facing decks and up to three years on covered decks.

2. Orbital sand, pressure wash, re-coat with penetrating oil stain to match existing topcoat.
About 50% more, but should be done less frequently.

About 50% more labor and materials, this option is good for decks that we have restored that have even exposure, and the topcoat has broken down sufficiently to remove with our orbital floor machine. After removing the topcoat, we pressure wash and brighten, then fully saturate the wood with stain.

The effect is having that freshly sanded redwood look without the cost of restoration. This is possible because we have already set all the fasteners, removed any hard to remove top coats like paint or solid stain, and flattened out any boards that had become rigid. This process is suggested at 24 months and also prior to any oxidization that has occurred.

Notice one small caveat in those descriptions. These procedures are for decks that we have done restoration on! This means we have countersunk the screws and rotary sanded all the existing top coat and oxidized wood and applied the penetrating oil stain made by the brand we like. We usually suggest full sanding for all new clients but don't worry: If your deck is in decent shape at all, this WON'T HURT A BIT!

Spring is here! Let's whip those decks into shape!

Classic restoration with railing installation

Today we sanded about 300 feet of redwood. There were nails on the lower half so that made it easy to counter sink and we replaced about 1/4 of the screws in the upper deck.

Even better this job was for close friends so we wanted to go the extra mile to make it extra special. We really buffed out the bench and we're repainting all the facing prior to installation of 38 feet of new redwood railing.

This deck was coated in a solid stain and had splintering but was otherwise in pretty solid shape. We will be happy to add this client to our maintenance list!

Great day of sanding!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


It's always interesting to see the value of the house you are working on...

$2, 037, 280 for this one. We sanded and re-coated the decks and the floors and hopefully they will get some offers quickly! The floors were 4 inch maple and we sanded and applied a tinted oil modified polyurethane. The decks are some of the biggest in Park City at over 2500 square feet. We had an efficient assembly line process and got them done in no time!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 2010 -- Upper Pinebrook Park City

So here's the job we just finished. Solid 4" hickory in Upper Pinebrook (Park City). April 10, it snowed three feet in the neighborhood, enough for the country government to declare a snow emergency, whatever that means.

Sorry these pictures aren't very high quality. Also sorry that our portfolio isn't that great, I've just been terrible at taking pictures. But now that's all gonna change!

Here's a spot on the wood before we sanded to show you the general condition of the floor.

Here's the floor during a coating:

And here's an area in the kitchen that we applied a tinted oil modified urethane:

This floor came out great and now we are painting the interior of their house. Pictures soon to follow...


My name is Kellen McAffee and I am owner of Park City Wood Stylists. This is my blog. The purpose of this blog is to post photos of recently completed jobs, talk about the wood flooring and decking business, and let our clients and potential clients get to know us as people. Happy reading!