Even if your deck is made of pressure-treated lumber, redwood, cedar, or some other durable species, it's at risk the moment the last nail is driven home. Moisture swells the wood while burning rays from the sun dry and shrink it, causing cracks and checks while also encouraging warping. Ultraviolet rays also discolors the wood and accelerates wear by breaking down wood fibers. Add in the scratches that occur when you drag chairs across the surface, splattered grease from barbecues, mold growth in shady spots, and ground-in dirt from foot traffic.
Most decks will start to look old within a few years. Reversing the damage is simple enough. Apply a specially formulated cleaner and then treat the surface with a water-repellent finish. Dirty decks won't accept a finish well because dirt can also react with the finish and turn the lumber black. And even the cleanest deck surface is at the mercy of the elements without the right finish. Choosing from among the several hundred deck cleaners, stains, and sealers out there is less simple. You'll also have to decide whether to do the job yourself or hire a pro.
Do you want to spend summer evenings relaxing in the twilight with family and friends? Spending time on the deck when it's warm outside is a favorite activity enjoyed by many. Make sure you're prepared to make the most of your outdoor space by calling A1 Handyman (208) 995-6457. We can seal, stain, paint, power wash, sand, and clean or fix your deck. Whether it's loose boards, tired surfaces, or just plain dirt, one call to A1 Handyman does it all.
Deck Finishing, Maintenance & Repair
It is recommended that you clean and seal your deck every year. When you call A1 Handyman, our professionals can perform a number of services, including:
• Repair: Decks need to be fixed from time to time. Before power washing and sealing, have A1 Handyman replace any broken boards or repair loose railings or other damage caused by fire, wood rot, water, ice, or other common culprits.
• Cleaning: How often you'll need to reseal or stain your deck depends on its material and finish - but cleaning doesn't. Plan to scrub your deck once a year using a power washer (pressure washer) on a low-pressure setting, a brush, and a compatible cleaner. Use a fan tip on the wand, and keep the wand moving to minimize surface damage. Getting rid of mildew may require a specialty product. For daily upkeep, sweep away leaves and debris, and mop up spills right away so that they don't leave stains. Before A1 Handyman seals or stains your deck, it is a good idea to give it a power washing to remove built-up dirt and debris.
• Sanding, Sealing or Staining: Your deck wears down each year because of sun exposure and harsh weather. Adding a coat of sealant annually will help prepare it for the upcoming year, and if the color of your deck has faded, then staining is also a good choice. At the very least, coat a wood deck with a penetrating sealer to fend off rot and decay - or apply a coat of stain to add color and extra protection. Waterborne stains suit most types of wood, but only oil-based stains can penetrate tropical hardwoods. Stains with more pigment last longer and offer better sun protection than semitransparent or clear ones. Composite boards need a finish that suits the material; seek advice from the manufacturer.
A1 Handyman can also tackle the other projects on your "To Do" list, like drywall repair! Call us today at (208) 995-6457 to see how we can help you with your list.