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Ways to Safeguard Your Deck For the Summer Heat

Jenn Tolson
May 13, 2016

As spring passes, summer is just around the corner. While this means there are fun times ahead such as more BBQ’s and hanging out with friends, it also means that your deck is in need of protection. Many homeowners and deck owners are aware of the importance of getting a deck waterproofed and sealed. This is because water can do significant damage to your deck. However, are you aware of the importance of protecting your deck from UV rays from the sun? Here are some ways to protect deck from the heat.

During the summer, the UV rays from the sun are particularly damaging to wooden decks. This is due to the longevity of the days and the intensity of the rays during the summer. These UV rays penetrate the wood causing it become damaged. However, there are things that you can do to protect your deck. The first line of defense is to stain and seal your deck. While this can help with waterproofing, it can also help with protection from the sun. However, not all coats are the same. Make sure to choose a stain that specifically states it offers UV protection since not all of them do so. 

If your deck needs to be treated, you should do it as soon as possible, before the intense summer heat begins. Inspect your deck to make sure that it is still properly sealed. If there is any part of the deck that is no longer coated or a part that has become exposed due to wear, it is time to re-coat. Likewise, if your deck has lost its water-resistance, you can fix both problems simultaneously by getting it waterproofed and coated with a UV resistant stain. If you treat your deck before the summer months, you can rest easy, knowing your deck will be protected. If you would like a professional to handle any repairs that your deck may need, give us a call or get a quote online.