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Wood Deck Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful and Inviting Outdoor Space

by Stains Paints WRP is America’s Leading distributor of Mohawk

A well-built wooden deck can lend a warm appeal to your outdoor spaces and transform it into a place where you can sit back and relax or throw a fun party! Without proper maintenance, though, the same wooden deck will ruin your outdoor space aesthetic rather than enhancing it. So if you really want your wooden deck to look and feel appealing for a very long time, you need to learn the nitty-gritty of exterior wood maintenance.

Exterior wooden surfaces are open to elements such as sunlight, rain, dust and what not. These elements can inevitably wreak havoc on the wood, so you need to be on the lookout for damages to the wooden surface – especially rot. Because rain is the main culprit behind wood rot, you need to make sure that your deck is not in contact with water any longer than strictly necessary. You would also need to routinely sweep your decks and remove nearby bushes too as leaves that stay between planks are likely to absorb water, keeping the surface wet. A high-pressure hose or saw can be used to clean off dirt between the planks.

Rot is not the only problem your wooden deck is exposed to; discoloration is also a common issue among exterior woods. Sun’s UV rays and to a very large extent, mold can damage the wood fibers causing the natural stain of the wood to fade away. Naturally, the darker the stain the more it will be able to hold its ground against sun damage. Nonetheless, if you do spot some discoloration, usual scrubbing and rinsing should be enough. On the other hand, if the discoloration is severe, exterior refinishing with high-quality stains like General Finishes wood stains is necessary.

After you have cleaned your deck, you need to make sure if it needs to be sealed. One way to confirm it is by sprinkling some water onto it. If the water gets soaked up instead of beading up, the deck needs to be sealed. For the sealing purpose, you need an exterior wood finish with good enough protection against both the water and the sun. General Finishes Exterior 450 is one of the best exterior wood finishes available on the market today, so you may want to look at that also.

As soon as your wooden deck has had its beauty treatment, it is once again safe to bring out the chairs and entertain your family and friends near the pool.


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