4 ways to protect your deck
1) Inspect your deck. Make it a routine to give it a look over a couple of times a year, searching for loose deck boards or protruding nails in need of repair. Take everything off the deck such as toys, plants, chairs, or anything else obstructing the view of potential problem areas such as mildew or rot. Replace and problem boards and protect with a stain a paint.
2) Cleaning the Deck is one of the most important things you can do to maintain its beauty. Before you apply any type of sealant, you must make sure you first clean the deck of all dirt and debris. It’s a good idea to use a deck cleaner suck as Bohr All-In-One Wood and Deck Cleaner to scrub away any tough stains or mildew. Afterward, come through with a power washer to clean debris clogging the spaces between deck boards and to get rid of any tough stains. To much water pressure could damage the wood so you must be careful.
Make sure to protect any plants around the deck area with plastic covering. It’s best to use a biodegradable cleaner, health and safety is the number one thing to consider when doing this type of work. That’s why it’s encouraged when using harsh chemicals to leave it to a professional.
3) Paint or Stain your deck to protect it for many years to come. The best finish to use is one that soaks into the wood, not one that only provides a surface layer resulting in peeling.
Most customers like to go with a Semi-Transparent Wood Stain that penetrates the wood. Easier to maintain and no need to strip once the stain fades. Clean and power wash the deck and reapply stain, simple as that.
When looking for a finish to put on your deck there are 3 import characteristics to consider.
- The finish should be water repellent or waterproof, not just “water-resistant.”
- The finish should offer ultraviolet (UV) protection.
- If mildew is a potential problem, the finish should contain a mildewcide, which a wood preservative does.
4) Repair any deck boards that are damaged, in addition, further problems will not occur. Over the years the wood holding the deck together will rot compromising its integrity resulting in a safety issue. Replace those boards as soon a possible.