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How to Care for a Deck You Love

A great deck is a thing of beauty, perfect for all kinds of relaxing and entertaining activities. Whether you are grilling with friends or relaxing in a hammock, the deck is a retreat from our daily grind, a sanctuary of sorts! How can you care for your deck so that is remains beautiful, safe, and protected for many years to come?

Yearly Cleaning and Maintenance

Just like you change the oil in your car or the air filter in your furnace, you need to have routine maintenance performed on your deck. If this work is carried out at the right intervals, it will prevent deterioration that leads to costly repairs.

First, a deck needs to be cleaned at least once a year. This can be done with a spray-on deck cleaner, a scrub brush, and a garden hose. Give it some elbow grease, and the residue melts away to reveal the beauty of the wood once again! Alternatively, you can hire a professional pressure washer who can do the job quickly and expertly, saving your elbows for more enjoyable pursuits.

Besides the annual cleaning, your deck also needs periodic sealing. The frequency of this treatment depends on the condition of the wood and the type of coating you prefer.

Should I Stain or Seal My Deck?

While the appearance of your deck is clearly important, the main purpose of your coating is to keep out moisture (which causes dry rot) and UV rays (which cause fading and splitting). This can be done with by staining or sealing, and each one of these procedures yields different advantages.

Stain: When you stain your deck, the color soaks right into the wood, tinting the fibers while allowing you to still see the natural grains and contours of the boards. Many people prefer this as a more natural look. The richer the color, the more it will protect against fading and splitting from UV rays. However, many stains do not have waterproofing properties, so a clear sealant is needed after the stain is applied. The sealant should be reapplied every year or two, but the stain can last for many seasons.

Sealer: A wood sealer has no color of its own, but it forms a protective barrier that keeps moisture out of the wood. This offers great protection against dry rot and other moisture issues, and it allows the natural color of the wood to be displayed. However, most sealers will not protect the wood against fading, so the deck will begin to look gray over time.

Deck Staining and Sealing in Connecticut

Southington Painting provides homeowners with a superb resource for keeping your deck in fantastic shape! Whether you just need an annual pressure washing and touch-up, or it is time for a complete recoating, we are delighted to work with you.

Serving central Connecticut, our craftsman have the skills, the equipment, and the knowledge to take expert care of your deck, ensuring that you will be able to enjoy it for many seasons to come!

In addition to our staining and sealing services for decks, Southington Painting offers interior painting, exterior painting, kitchen cabinet refinishing, epoxy floor coatings, and more. Feel free to call us if you have any questions, or contact us to schedule a free estimate.

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