Decks are not only an excellent aesthetic for the exterior of your home, but it proves to be an ideal place to enjoy the fresh air for a number of circumstances. Decks are commonplace when the weather is nice to lounge, BBQ, read a good book, or just watch the world go by. In any case, when you invest in a deck, most homeowners want that deck to last as long as a possible. Today, we at McKay’s Painting would like to offer some tips on how you can make your deck last longer.
Deck Pressure Cleaning
Especially if exposed to mold and mildew, decks are liable to rot over time. Because of the nature of decks, they tend to harbor mold, mildew and other wood destroying organisms and pests. Being fairly simple, decks should be periodically cleaned to deter the growth of mold and mildew and make it less inviting for pest activity. After removing the furniture and other object, sweep the deck well, and power wash the surface. Use products during the power washing that are designed to kill bacteria, mold and mildew for decks. Investing in a professional deck power washing can really simplify the process with experienced experts that can get the job quickly and efficiently. Be sure to plan for a day where the humidity is lower and there is not any rain the forecast to ensure it can dry well and fast after the cleaning. Depending on the decks use and exposure, consider a power washing cleaning every 6-12 months.
Deck Sealers & Finishes
To keep the wood from rotting or damage that can be caused by the sun and precipitation, wood decks need to be resealed often. To ensure that your wood is properly protected, invest in a sealer or stain every two years. To further protect against sunlight while keeping some of the grain exposed, or solid colored stains for improved protection, you can invest in clear sealers that show off your wood’s natural grain, toners and semi-transparent stain. If you decide to DIY the resealing or refinishing project, be sure to choose a sunny day with no rain in the immediate future. An alternative option when you have little time or limitations, is trusting the experts to stain your deck.
Throughout its lifespan, deck wood is liable to shift and shrink. You may even have boards popping up in places in addition to having a deck left with swales in it. You can usually remedy bulging boards with screws that are longer than the nails you are replacing should you have a deck with a nailed-down surface. Since the current hole may not hold the thread of the screw you may have to use even longer screws, and you may need to hit the supporting joists in a different spot should your boards are screwed down. Inspect for board rot at least once a year by looking underneath the deck. To make certain that your deck is structurally sound, make sure the beams, joists, and posts should all be free from rot. As needed, ensure to replace or reinforce any support structure.
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When it comes to repair or maintenance of your deck, the specialists of McKay’s Painting is readily available to assist you. Contact us today!