Your deck is one of the more essential components to your house’s exterior. Not only does it add great value to your home, it also improves your own living experience (when the weather permits). The importance of your deck to you and your home should make protecting it a priority. Even if your deck is made of pressure-treated lumber, redwood, cedar, or some other durable species, it’s at risk. The Northwest is known for its moisture and humidity, which could spell a number of problems for a deck. Even sunlight can damage your deck, causing discoloration and hastening the break down of wood. Whether you want to take care of your deck on your own or pay for assistance from a professional, here are some important things to know.
It’s very important to keep your deck clean before or during the treatment process. Dirt and mildew buildup can cause discoloration in the wood if you try to treat it prematurely. Clean off debris with a leaf blower and wash it off with thereafter with a low-pressure power washer or hose. . You can find wood deck cleaners at a local home supply store and you can also find treatment options for stains on the wood as well.
Thereafter, you will want to apply the sealer and protectant. Start with the railings first and then work your way down to the floor of the deck. You will want to prevent interaction with the deck after this process so the wood can dry thoroughly. You will want to periodically treat your deck after the initial cleaning to keep the quality of your deck intact.
Some decks, no matter how much time and effort you put into them, cannot be saved. Whether it’s untreatable wood or a termite problem, there are a number of different reasons to look at a new deck. You may also want to install a new deck because you just don’t like the layout or size of your old one. Perhaps you don’t have a deck and want to have one installed. Whatever your wish may be, contact Fort Rock Construction to help you install the deck you want.
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