Having an outdoor deck is one of the many joys that comes with being a homeowner. A deck can be a great place to hold social gatherings or to simply enjoy some peace and quiet on your own. While your deck will inevitably age, there are some things that you can do to keep it looking great for longer. Here’s a quick guide on how to protect your home deck.
The first thing that you will want to do is to provide regular maintenance on your deck. The easiest way to do this is to make sure that your deck is swept often. When leaves and other debris are left on the surface of your deck, it can often cause mold or rot to form. This can especially happen if wet leaves are left on the deck for long. Keeping your deck sealed is also vital to protecting your deck. When your deck is sealed, it becomes protected from the elements such as rain, snow, and even UV rays. There are some sealers that even come with fire-retardants, which can help keep your family and your home a little more safe.
Before you stain your deck, you will want to make sure that it is completely clean. After an initial sweep, remove everything from the deck including furniture and planters. Then, you will want to wash the surface of the deck. Either use a stiff brush and standard deck wash soap with water, or use a power washer to clean the surface - both work well. Finally, you will want the deck to dry completely before the stain is applied. Usually, waiting two or three days should be sufficient. This is extremely important since if you try and stain a deck that is still wet, the oil will not be able to penetrate the wood and the stain will simply remain on the surface instead of seeping into the fibres of the wood. These are a few things you can do to protect your deck.
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