The two most destructive outdoor elements that will wear a deck down the fastest is water and UV damage from the sun. Today, New York Painting Services will discuss the damages that the sun does to wooden decks. From this you will see that now is the best time to do some simple maintenance so your deck will last longer and be stronger.
Structural Deck Maintenance
The first step is to strengthen the wooden deck in its present form or condition. It is crucial to the integrity that the structure is maintained and strong. When wood becomes softened or too worn, it becomes more susceptible to the UV rays of the sun and damage will occur. One sign that the sun has begun to damage the wood is that the wood will start to turn a grayish color. The gray discoloration indicates not just a cosmetic problem but worse, the structural integrity is becoming weakened. Most homeowner’s will hear they need to pressure wash their deck as a preparation to refinish it. However most homeowner’s aren’t experienced with sun rotted wood and use too much pressure. This is why it is recommended you use a professional pressure washing service instead. Not only would a professional know how much pressure to use. We also have the detergents that can kill or slow down mold, mildew and other fungus that grow on wood without the use of bleach which can stress and damage wood further. However for the determined homeowner, it is important to know how much pressure to use as well as water flow. As a good rule to follow, especially when dealing with softer surfaces like wood, start with the lowest setting. Work your way up to find the correct pressure and water flow to clean the surface of your deck.
Staining & Sealing a Deck After Pressure Washing
By the end of winter and just before spring is one of the best times to take on the task of refinishing your deck. Not just so you can skip out on the heat of summer but additionally this is the best time for your wood as well. You will want to protect your wooden deck before the UV rays of the sun is at its strongest. You of course will need to look at your deck’s structure and replace any supports or joists that are structurally weak. Sand the surface of the deck to apply the new finish. You will want to use a proper sealer or finish on your deck, especially if it isn’t shaded much by trees etc. Without the proper finish, your deck – if left exposed to the sun – can lead to rotting, swelling, cracking, warping and splintering. New York Painting Services recommends using one of these three finishes that will protect your wood from the suns UV rays and water damage which is a win-win situation in our eyes.
Best Wood Finish for UV Protection
Clear/Transparent Sealers – Excellent UV protection is one that is water resistant. This type of sealer is also mildew resistant. These types are affordable and easy to apply. In addition, this sealer lasts up to two years before you will need to refinish your deck again.
Semi-Transparent Sealers – These sealers have a high UV protection rating. They repel water, mold, mildew and of course, the rays from the sun. You can choose from a range of colors with this type of sealer. They will continue to protect your deck for two to three years before you need to refinish your deck.
Solid Sealers – This type of sealer is the number one finish for UV protection as well as for protection against water, mold and mildew. Additionally, it helps retain the color of your wood. You can apply this finish on your entire deck. It works really well on the vertical pieces such as railing and siding of the deck. Solid stains last for four years before the need to refinish your deck, which make them an excellent investment.
Deck Pressure Washing Cleaning, Restoration & More in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Yonkers, Tarrytown, Bronxville & White Plains New York
New York Painting Services knows that during the warm season we spend more time outside. Homeowners should enjoy their decks for years to come with the proper maintenance and resurfacing tools and products. If you need assistance with your home’s deck in cleaning or refinishing, contact us today. We can come and help restore your deck’s structure and beauty.