Maintenance On Decks
Every homeowner loves a beautiful deck to relax on. A built deck can expand living space at a low-cost and be used for various entertainment and outdoor activities such as hosting cookouts, family gatherings, and enjoying a morning cup of coffee. However, maintenance on decks is crucial to keep it usable throughout the seasons and to maintain its condition over time. Here are some essential maintenance tips on taking care of your wood, wood composite, and capped polymer decking.
Inspecting Your Deck
Every homeowner should inspect there deck every year or two. When doing so, check for any loose boards or protruding nails. These loose boards and protruding nails can easily be fixed with a hammer and will prevent further problems with your decking system down the line. Next, clear your deck of any objects and furniture. Once the top of your deck is clear, sweep away any debris. This will prevent the surface of your floor from getting damaged and will keep your protective layer in-tacked.
Cleaning Your Deck
It is important that you wash away any dirt or loose build-up. This will ensure the new layer of sealant is properly applied. This can be done using a power washer. Before you apply any cleaning solutions to your deck, be sure to read its directions and warning labels to ensure proper application. Apply your cleaning solution with the appropriate brush and wait for the chemicals to do its job. Once the chemicals have set in, thoroughly rinse the deck of any existing chemicals. Its now time to apply a paint or stain finish.
Paint or Stain Your Deck
Sealing a deck happens only when the surface is dry. The degree of protection is determined by its application. Sealants on the market today can be brushed on, rolled on, or sprayed on. Usually, spraying a sealant is faster, but it can be hard to control where it goes. For example, most plants or furniture can be damaged by the over-spray of the product. Painting or staining your deck is not only for aesthetic appeal but for protecting it as well. Here are three important characteristics to look for in a finish:
- Make sure the finish is a water repellent or waterproof sealant, not just “water resistant”.
- If there is a mildew problem, be sure that the finish contains a mildewcide.
- Lastly, make sure the finish offer’s ultraviolet (UV) protection.
A quality product will deliver a uniform finish and contain ultraviolet sunlight protection to reduce any damaging effects of the sun.