Fixing Up Your Deck

Since most decks are high traffic areas in the home regular maintenance is needed to keep it looking good and make it last longer. Unfortunately, the wood will not last forever – but it can definitely last a long time. Don’t spend thousands of dollars if you can avoid it following these quick steps once a year.

  1. Pressure Wash  It  -Should be done once a year to remove tough stains and mildew build up. There are several deck cleaners you can use (recommended if you’ve skipped several years of deep cleaning.) Deck cleaners give is a fresher look and should remove dirt and grime easily.  Bleach Cleaners will lighten the wood and Non Bleach Cleanerswill work just as good without damaging the woods natural color and is also earth friendly and  it does not damage any plants or bushes. Read the label to make sure if surface needs to be damp or dry before applying. Pressure wash your deck and let it dry over night.

  2. Inspect, Fix, and then Replace – Carefully inspect any part that might seem loose or split down the middle. Tighten the fasteners that attach the deck to the house. Look for any popped nails or screws and carefully replace them or screw them back on. NOTE: If you are able to sink in the tip of a screwdriver into a post or joist, most likely you’ve got rot and its time for some

  3. Stain or Seal – Once deck is clean and repairs are done its time to stain or seal it. But before you decide its important to know the difference between the two.

  • Sealers: Materials used to prevent water from penetrating into the wood, some come with UV protection, which prevents fading and discoloration of the wood. They help you preserve the natural look of the deck.

    • TEST IT! Sprinkle water on the deck. If it soaks in immediately, the deck can be sealed. If the water beads up or stays in the deck, your deck may not need sealing yet. (Lowes)

  • Stain: Materials that will change the color of the wood. Most recommended stains out there are oil based because they are semi transparent and will only darken the color of the wood a little. Unless you want a completely different color then opaque or solid stain will be your best match.

Using a sprayer is recommended when staining because it’ll save you time and will put more stain than using a brush or a roller, however you can use a brush to get rid of bubbles or puddles of paint that might build up while spraying. Depending on the age of the wood, some decks might need 2 or 3 coats to get an even finish. Avoid spraying on direct sunlight since it might dry up too quickly and won’t absorb into the wood. Allow minimum 48 hours to dry. If maintenance is way overdue, the best bet is to hire a professional to ensure all is done correctly. Calling the professionals at SUNWEST PAINTING will definitely get your deck looking like new!

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1 Comment

  • Painters Sydney

    Wonderful tips giving blog. As you said decks are high traffic areas and it has to be treated well.. your tips will be more helpful to many.. Thanks for sharing it with us..

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