Your home deck is constantly exposed to the ever-changing weather conditions which cause wear and tear on a daily basis. These elements can ruin the appearance and effectiveness of your deck over the years. The only way to keep your home deck strong and aesthetically appealing is by undertaking regular deck inspection, repairing, and regular maintenance. Vinyl, composite, aluminum decks hardly require any kind of maintenance, but wooden decks need a lot of it. Let’s take a look how often you should maintain your decks.
Regular Care and Maintenance
No matter what material you’ve used to build your home deck, you must take care of it regularly. You must clean your deck regularly by wiping it with a soft cloth or sweeping it lightly with a soft-bristled broom. This will keep the debris away from the deck. If you want to wash your home deck, do it with just water. Avoid using detergents as they may spoil the appearance of your home deck and make it look dull.
Wooden home decks require the maximum amount of maintenance. If you have a wooden home deck, pressure treated or made of softwood, your main agenda should be to keep water away from it. Water or moisture inside the wooden decks can lead to rotting, decaying, mildew growth, and even structural damages. Water can seep inside the wooden deck if you have depleting or no sealants. A variety of sealants are available in the market that either seeps inside the wood or remain on the surface to keep water away. Some sealants provide the guarantee against water damage for 5-10 years, whereas the newer ones provide a lifetime guarantee.
Protection Against Ultraviolet Rays
Over the years, your wooden deck will fade and turn gray due to the harmful UV rays of the sun. The water-resistant sealants and stains can protect the deck against water, but cannot withstand the harsh UV rays. The wooden surface will start fading after around 5 years even when the deck is sealed. Practically, there is no sealant or stain available in the market that can protect your deck from fading in the long run. Hence, to maintain the newness and appearance of your deck, you must reseal it every 5-8 years.
Color Restoring Paints
You can select from a variety of staining options available in different colors, tints, and protecting features. When wooden decks are stained with these stains, the color of the deck is enhanced. These stains add contrast and elegance to the decks while restoring the appearance. Some common staining products available are transparent stains (little color and little protection), semi-transparent stains (enough amount of color and protection), and solid stains (paint-like colors that change the entire appearance). Just choose the right finish for your wooden home deck.
Regular maintenance will help you keep deck problems at bay, save your investment, and boost your home’s appearance. Call our Edmonton deck builders to book an appointment for deck inspection today.