We all love outdoor activities, entertaining, grilling or just a simple early morning coffee out on the deck can be very pleasant experience. While we all love our decks, they do need some regular care as the months and years go by. Let’s look at what’s needed.
Once every month step outside and perform a general inspection, look for weak or rotting members such a posts, stairs or joists at or near ground level. Look for signs insect and water damage. Evaluate the finish; is the stain fading or the paint beginning to peel? Use an awl or screwdriver to probe areas that look suspicious, if the tool sinks into the wood rot is present and major repairs will be required.
Once a year
use a good deck cleaner such as Behr All-In–One Wood Cleaner or Moldex Deck
Wash, its container attaches to your garden hose to make the job quick and
easy. These products remove mold, mildew, algae, food, grease and bird
droppings. Wear eye protection and gloves when working and cover any nearby
plants to protect them. If you use a pressure washer, use a fan spray nozzle to
prevent damaging the wood surface.
Protecting the Wood
Once all repairs are completed and the deck is clean, now is the time to address the finish. If your deck is unfinished, consider applying a clear finish or a stain such as Behr Simi-Transparent Stain, a solid color stain will hide any new wood and repaired areas for a more uniform finish.
defects are present, such as splits and cracks in the wood, most stains or paint
will not cover them. Fortunately, Behr makes a great deck restoration coating
called DeckOver. This product will cover cracks and splits up to ¼ inch wide;
its heavy bodied coating will fill in defects and give your deck a like new appearance.
It’s available in the smooth or textured non-slip finish and it can be tinted
to match your homes color palette.
If your deck needs replacing, consider using one of the new synthetic wood products such as
Trex Composite Lumber. Trex Enhance low-maintenance composite decking makes extending your home a snap. Where other deck boards warp, rot and splinter over time, Trex Enhance decking will retain its beauty through the years, resistant to fading, staining and scratching, with only minimal soap-and-water cleanup. Unlike pressure treated lumber, Trex Enhance comes with a 25-year Limited Residential Fade and Stain Warranty.
Whether you need to clean your deck, repair it or replace it, The Home Depot has the products you need to get the job done right.
Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man