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Does your deck need maintenance after the winter thaw?
Old man Winter teamed up with Mother nature can wreak havoc with our home and causing a multitude of problems but one of the most common areas of the exterior of the home that needs attention in the spring is the Deck.
Rain, Snow, Ice, Sun
These basic four weather elements put our decks thru enough not factoring a human element.
Shoveling, Patio Furniture, cooking, spilled food and drink.
Combine all of the above and we wonder why our deck needs maintenance on a yearly basis. somewhat like a hardwood floor in your home the deck serves the same purpose but quite often has much more use especially in the nicer summer months.
Caring for the decking:
Day to Day care is not necessary but your will find it will prolong the life and look of the deck.
- sweep off standing leaves (stain deck)
- sweep of sand or dirt as this is very abrasive while walking across the floor and acts as sandpaper.
- Wash down spills and bird droppings.
- place pads on the bottom of patio chairs which will keep from scratching the deck surface.
When does a deck need refinishing?
Many of our customers like the deck to look perfect as it is an extension of the home and they entertain or enjoy time on the deck and feel it is a reflection of the rest of the house.
Most vertical areas of the deck (supports, kick boards, ballusts) do not need maintenance as often as the decking as these areas dry off easier and more quickly as the surface is not prone to the elements listed above.
Horizontal surfaces as in decking, stair and handrails usually need refinishing on a yearly basis and in some cases twice a year to keep them looking pristine. It is often more price effective to perform a maintenance coat of stain with minor prep to a deck before the entire deck is in need of a complete sanding and staining.
What to expect when refinishing your deck:
- light wash with a deck cleaner and water as described on the product chosen
- sand areas needed where flaking, scratches and peeling have occurred.
- Vacuum off all areas of dust and debris from sanding
- Sometime spot priming with an oil primer is recommended.
- apply stain or paint as directed on the product label and wait time indicated before applying a second coat f the product.
- The longer you can wait before returning furniture, grills and walking on it will be for the best.
If you need help or have questions with your deck refinishing, please send me a message and I would be more that happy to assist. Ron@RamsdenPainting.com or visit our web page at www.ramsdenpainting.com and schedule your own appointment.