When you’ve invested the time and money into deck maintenance in Windsor, you’ll want to keep it looking new for years to come. Follow these simple steps to stay ahead of the weather’s wear and tear:
- WASH IT
This is important before doing any repairs. Simply use a pressure washer to remove dirt and wood fibers. Be sure to keep the pressure stream moving to avoid gouging the wood. Dry overnight.
- FIX NAIL POPS
If any nails have worked loose from a board, remove them with a hammer or cat’s paw. Then to reattach, replace them with screws that are longer than the nails.
- REPAIR SPLIT WOOD
If a board is split down the center, mark it next to the leading edge of the first support joist that’s completely past the split. Don’t mark an area directly over a joist, as you could damage your saw when cutting.Cut the board with a jigsaw, removing nails or deck screws and remove the damaged wood. Then use deck screws to attach a pressure-treated 2 x 4 support block to the joist. This will hold the replacement board fast. Next, cut your replacement board to size and fasten to the support block and joists with deck screws.Although the replacement board may appear higher and wider than the other boards, it will shrink as it loses moisture. If it remains higher after a few weeks, you can shrink it down with a belt sander. Make sure all nail or screw heads are recessed into the wood before sanding.
Pressure-treated wood is resistant to bugs and decay, but it’s still not fool proof against the sun and moisture. So to preserve it with the same color, simply use a clear wood preserver with a UV protector. That’ll give it new life and protection from the weather.If you want to change or add color, use exterior stain first. It comes in both solid and semi-transparent finishes. You should use the semi-transparent for the decking area, but you can use a solid color to highlight railings or banisters. Solid color stains will give you a paint finish look. Exterior stains come in oil or latex and both stand up to fading and mildew.Use a roller or brush to apply the stain and let it sit for about 20 minutes in order to penetrate. Then go back over the surface with a brush to give the deck a consistent finish and remove puddles that would dry as shiny patches. Always apply a second coat for sufficient protection.
Allow your deck to dry for 48 hours, and then apply a coat of sealant. Don’t forget to wear goggles and gloves for your protection.
While these steps to deck maintenance and protection are simple, you can see that they’ll involve some time and elbow grease. So if you’re short on either, why not let the experienced experts at Yahweh Renovations do it for you? They’ll do it quickly without gouging your bank account. Give them a call at 519-791-0181.