By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2010
Owner Rick Vaughan uses the highest quality western red cedar, composite decking materials, and fasteners in the construction of his decks and arbors at Sawdust, Ltd.
Rick Vaughan is the owner of Sawdust, Ltd., a Broken Arrow-based company specializing in the design, construction and sale of decks, shade arbors and other related products. He also owns Deckit, Inc., a deck product company. Deckit, Inc. is a dealer for Wood Defender™, a product used for staining and sealing wood fences and decks.
According to Rick, “Wood Defender fence and deck staining products saturate the surface of the lumber and penetrate into the wood, leaving the fence and wood with an even, uniform coating. Wood Defender never requires back brushing, nor does it run, drip or leave an uneven appearance.”
Wood Defender products are simple to apply with a roller, air sprayer or airless spray rig, and Rick recommends the products on his custom-built arbors whenever a finish is specified.
“With the millions of feet of wood fence and decking installed by homeowners and businesses each year, and with the rising cost of lumber, now more than ever it just makes sense to protect your valuable investment by staining and sealing the wood,” says Rick. “And there’s no better way to do this than by using Wood Defender.” These products are designed specifically for fence staining. A comparable Wood Defender product line is available for staining and sealing wood decks.
Popular true-to-life EverGrain Composite Decking by Tamko provides lasting enjoyment from any backyard patio.
Rick recommends using the Transparent Stain for cedar fences and decks. An existing fence that has turned gray will need to be bleached prior to applying the stain. This requires a simple application of a bleach-to-water mixture that may be rolled, brushed or sprayed onto the fence.
The Transparent Stain utilizes fine trans-oxide pigments to highlight and reveal all of the wood grain while staining the fence or deck. The pigments are ground so fine that they are very resistant to ultraviolet rays. The product is an excellent option if you want to highlight the existing beauty of a cedar or redwood fence or deck.
Another feature of Wood Defender is its recoat ability. The product utilizes a modified oil formula that enhances penetration and does not leave a surface film; therefore, re-coats are a snap. In many instances, there will be absolutely no prep work required before reapplication.
Wood Defender fence and deck stains are formulated to resist the harmful effects of UV rays, water damage, severe humidity and mildew – some of nature’s harshest elements.
Sawdust, Ltd. designs and builds high-quality decks and shade arbors with extraordinary attention to detail. EverGrain© by Tamko is the composite decking material they use. EverGrain looks like real wood, but doesn’t act like real wood. It is composed of a balanced mixture of plastic and wood fiber, carefully crafted with multiple grain patterns to simulate the beautiful look of real wood, while offering all the benefits of composite. EverGrain now offers one of the best warranties in the market.
An arbor by Sawdust, Ltd. may either be custom designed and built, or purchased from a selection of arbor packages that are complete with all the required precut western red cedar material and hardware. Rick and his crew will install a packaged arbor for you, or you may elect to do it yourself.
Sawdust, Ltd. specializes in making any outdoor living area “a special place to be.” When you’re ready to consider dressing up your yard, give Rick a call to discuss your ideas and get your free estimate.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.