Sealmaxx

There are 67 comments on the WBBM-AM Chicago story from Feb 27, 2006, titled Sealmaxx. In it, WBBM-AM Chicago reports that:

Permanent wood, concrete, masonry protection Preserve the beauty and life of your wood, concrete and masonry with environmentally-safe SealMaxx sealing.

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Tom Smogolski

Mount Prospect, IL

#1 May 29, 2006
I was getting ready to stain my deck again. Heard the commercial for Sealmaxx and called them the same day. Thrilled with the installers and the results are terrific. Tom Smogolski
Sealmaxx

Frankfort, IL

#2 Jul 29, 2006
Hi Tom,

Wait a few months and write back (you'll know why by then).

Best Wishes,
WAS happy before
You are not alone

Frankfort, IL

#3 Jul 29, 2006
My Sealmaxx job looked wonderful for about 6 months, then the wood got mold on it and turned gray. I called and was told to simply hose it off. I tried with no luck, so I called again. This time they recommended using deck soap first. I tried again but no luck, so I called a second time. Then they more or less told me to live with it. When I expressed my unhappiness they got somewhat rude and told me they cannot stop nature.
NEVER AGAIN!
I was there to

Carpentersville, IL

#4 Aug 13, 2006
You are not alone wrote:
My Sealmaxx job looked wonderful for about 6 months, then the wood got mold on it and turned gray. I called and was told to simply hose it off. I tried with no luck, so I called again. This time they recommended using deck soap first. I tried again but no luck, so I called a second time. Then they more or less told me to live with it. When I expressed my unhappiness they got somewhat rude and told me they cannot stop nature.
NEVER AGAIN!
I had a similar experience. I contacted Roof-to-Deck Restoration and they were very helpful in taking care of my problem at that point. I would recommend them to anyone.
Tom Smogolski

Mount Prospect, IL

#5 Nov 7, 2006
Sealmaxx wrote:
Hi Tom,
Wait a few months and write back (you'll know why by then).
Best Wishes,
WAS happy before
Please conctact me with any concerns. Tom
tssmalley@comcast.net
Pay attention

Bossier City, LA

#6 Dec 1, 2006
There is no problem with SealMaxx. The problem is a consumer that hears what they want to. SealMaxx is not intended to make your deck look new for 25 years. SealMaxx warranty is to stop further deterioration of your wood, not the looks of it. Another think you obviously did not pay attention to is on their written contract where it explains this, and the fact that future products added for "color" are warrantied to last longer.

Don't blame your ignorance on a very successfull business. Read before you sign.
Jack Roseland

United States

#7 Jan 15, 2007
Exactly, Sealmaxx sealant is intended to prolong the life of the wood on the deck. It hardens and seals the wood from harmful water. Yes maintenance is still required to keep your deck clean and attractive. The sealant allows you to be able to do this for many many years without having to replace the deck.
Tom Bullshitski

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Mar 26, 2007
Or you can save the money that SealMaxx dealers will nail you for ($10 s/f) and have your deck regularly done with a good quality penetrating oil and not only last just as long it will look good all the time.

These SealMaxx franchisees are in over their heads. They are selling fantasy. They know darn well that everyone that looks into SM is mislead into believing that they won't have to do any deck maintenance. The Seal Maxx decks I have seen after a couple of years look HORRIBLE !

Let the buyer beware!

PS: Every representative of SealMaxx that has posted on the net has been a belligerent and arrogant jerk.
ed mcwilliams

Cambridge, Canada

#9 Apr 4, 2007
Hi! I am a Canadian deck refinisher. From what I have read I understand that this product is a wood preservative, not a stain and not a wood finishing product. However it makes the stain last much longer because the moisture does not creap up from the bottom and cause the stain to lift.
Confused Customers

United States

#10 Apr 23, 2007
We had Sealmaxx treatment done 2 years ago. We had some graying so we stained it last year. This spring when thawing occurred, most of the stain splintered off.
We contacted our dealer who told us our mistake was in using a sealer instead of simply a stain. They recommended a water based stain. We've searched all over and asked many dealers and they all act like we're nuts in looking for the product we are. They only offer products with sealants.
So, what do we do? We don't want the ugly gray looking deck we have, but we don't know what product to use that will last. We want the 300% longer lasting result that we were promised. Can anyone help?
Pay attention

Bossier City, LA

#11 Apr 25, 2007
Sealmaxx is exactly what the gentleman above stated...a wood preservative. As for the person that claims an oil stain will do the same thing? Not true. If that were so, the oil stain company would warranty the wood, however they do not. SealMaxx locks water out of the wood and makes it up to 23% stronger and more dense. Oil stains do not do this.

SealMaxx has a 30 year industrial track record. It is a fantastic product, the problem is probably the individual that sold you the product \ service. Most products are good products. The problem is the person that sells it to you. My intentions are not to be rude, however on all SealMaxx contracts, this is all explained. In the completion certificate, you should find a list of stains that are SealMaxx friendly
Pay attention

Bossier City, LA

#12 Apr 25, 2007
Confused:
This is a perfectly reasonable question. You should be able to find water based stains at most large hardware stores. I reccomend using a semi-translucent stain that is not oil or silicon based or additive containing. You should get more life out of the stain.
Remember folks, even composite decking must be washed a few times a year. Also you can use a small pressure washer to clean the gray off with out removing sealmaxx since it is internal. This is much less expensive than staining over and over, and.. your wood is warrantied against any further deterioration for 25 years!
I hope this helps
COME ON Tom

Crystal Lake, IL

#13 Apr 26, 2007
Tom Smogolski wrote:
I was getting ready to stain my deck again. Heard the commercial for Sealmaxx and called them the same day. Thrilled with the installers and the results are terrific. Tom Smogolski
REALLY?
I find it very interesting that a Sealmaxx DEALER would call Sealmaxx and then LIE on a website pretending to be a customer.
Isn't this you, Tom??:
Sealmaxx Suburban Inc.
347 Lela Ln
Bartlett, IL 60103
joe worpedecki

United States

#14 May 9, 2007
Hey,
If the comments sound like the back of a bottle, then the buyer should beware.
I'm just wondering which deck soap to use prior to having a deck sealed ?
Russell Smith

Northbrook, IL

#15 May 23, 2007
I've been cleaning and staining decks in the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. I find it interesting that before last year, I never heard of Sealmaxx, but somehow they can offer a 25 yr guarantee. You do the math. When a company has to keep pointing to the fine print, I feel sorry for their customers.
common sense

Barnesville, OH

#16 May 26, 2007
A deck made of wood needs to be maintained just like wood siding on a house. Thats why i have vynal siding and a concrete deck. Their is no magic product for wood just lots of maintence and money.
Tom Smogolski

Park Ridge, IL

#17 Jun 20, 2007
COME ON Tom wrote:
<quoted text>
REALLY?
I find it very interesting that a Sealmaxx DEALER would call Sealmaxx and then LIE on a website pretending to be a customer.
Isn't this you, Tom??:
Sealmaxx Suburban Inc.
347 Lela Ln
Bartlett, IL 60103
I had my deck sealed by Sealmaxx, Inc. in spring 2006. I purchased my distributor's license in June 2006. I am a Sealmaxx customer, and now the proud owner of Sealmaxx Suburban, Inc. Feel free to contact me anytime. Tom Smogolski, Owner sealmaxxsurban@comcast.net
Tom Smogolski

Park Ridge, IL

#18 Jun 20, 2007
Tom Smogolski
Sealmaxxsuburban@comcast.net
6302138125
None of your business

Lenexa, KS

#19 Jul 17, 2007
Russell Smith wrote:
I've been cleaning and staining decks in the Chicagoland area for over 10 years. I find it interesting that before last year, I never heard of Sealmaxx, but somehow they can offer a 25 yr guarantee. You do the math. When a company has to keep pointing to the fine print, I feel sorry for their customers.
I actually use to be a SealMaxx employee and I can tell you that SealMaxx gets there guarantee from SealIt who distributes their sealant to SealMaxx. SealIt has distributed that sealant for over 80 years. Personal the guaranteed preservation is more of a guranteed waste of money. I can't tell you how many redue jobs we had to do b/c either the deck turned literally white from the sealant or concrete was still chipping, etc. etc. I made a killing doing these jobs and the work invovled was a joke. Quick, easy money for a guaranteed piece of crap should be SealMaxx's moto. By the way I voluntary left. I did not get fired. Anyone who reads this should never let these SealMaxx clowns fool you into thinking their product is the best. Everyone says they have the best product but I have found out all products are really pretty similar. None are obsolete. Guaranteed for Life. Ask any former SealMaxx franchise owner.
Tom Bullshitski

Somerset, NJ

#20 Aug 28, 2007
Tom Bullshitski checking in again. I am starting to hear the musings of class action lawsuits being filed against Sealmaxx. I really feel bad for the people that get duped.

There need to be some facts set straight here..

Ed from canada.. Stain/sealer does not "lift up" (I assume you mean leech out) unless it is a film former. A pentrating product is "in" the wood. Stain pigmentation is sacrificial to UV rays. SealMaxx does not prevent UV degradation so the color will fade just as quickly with the SealJunk on there as without.

If your deck is not stained with heavy, darkly colored pigmentation BEFORE SealMaxx is applied, forget about it. It will be gray in no time. You cannot stain after you put this stuff on, it petrifies the wood. Think of trying to stain a piece of hard plastic..it will rub right off.

"Pay attention".. you are a moron that understands basically nothing about wood care. On top of that you are rude. I guess you are another noobie to wood restoration that bought a franchise.

Tom Smogolski.. first business? I am also sorry that you bought into the hype.. but then again you are a fraud so my pity runs about skin deep.

SealMaxx is not rocket science. The "technology" has been around for decades. It is NOT for wood unless you want an ugly slab that used to look like a deck that weathers and gets uglier and uglier year after year.. and guess what? You are stuck with it, it cannot be undone. On top of that you want to deal with these unscrupulous fly-by-night wannabe contractors that pose as customers? If you want a Seal Maxx Deck, build a concrete patio. It will be cheaper and far more attarctive in the long run.

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