The weather frequently changes in Maryland; in summer or winter, it can turn cool and rainy or hot and humid quickly and unexpectedly. It may be troubling for those wanting to enjoy their wooden deck, especially considering what fluctuations in the weather can do to it. Thankfully, there is a routine you can do to weatherproof your wood deck.
Weatherproofing a wood deck consists of nothing more than regular upkeep. If there is anything you should do to keep your outdoor living space fresh, remove debris regularly. When leaves, twigs, pollen, and more accumulate, mold, mildew, and fungus have a better chance of latching onto the wood. After sweeping off every square foot of the surface, take a putty knife and get all the gunk out from between the boards. It pays to be thorough.
Scrub the Wood
Next, it’s time to scrub the wood clean. There are many detergents one can use, commercial and homemade. As an alternative to a commercial deck cleaner, you could use bleach, borax, or white vinegar and baking soda. A scrub brush, a bucket, and some elbow grease are all the tools you’ll need. Yet another deck cleaning option is a power washer, but you must be careful not to set the pressure too high lest it damage the wood.
Sand the Deck If Necessary
Sanding is not required every time you weatherproof your deck. However, it is beneficial if you have stained, painted, or sealed your deck multiple times in the past and the surface has become scruffy. Always check for warped or cracked boards to replace before starting.
Seal the Deck
Once all the preparation is complete, it’s time to seal your wood deck! Stains typically contain sealant so you can coat the surface clear, translucent, or in a solid color. Various tools like applicators, paintbrushes, and paint rollers are adequate for the job. If you use a clear sealant, you can keep your deck’s beautiful wood color and grain visible. However, if your deck gets a lot of sun, the UV rays will turn it gray nevertheless. To preserve it best, use a solid stain. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, you will only need to seal your deck every 1-3 years.
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