As much as we’d want our decks free of damage, it seems impossible to do so but is actually feasible with proper care.
Decks get damaged through wear and tear. Sun exposure, for instance, is the absolute reason why deck boards fade and warp. The process of wet and dry weather causes the boards to crack, for the finishing to thin out, and the moulding to accumulate due to moisture saturation.
But if your deck is made of composite materials, it is less likely to invite harmful elements that eat wood, such as fungi. A composite deck is weatherproof and waterproof.
But what happens if you don’t stain your wooden deck?
First, lack of stain means lack of lustre. An unstained deck doesn’t have any aesthetic appeal. You will only be wasting your money on a natural wood deck but unstained and unpainted. The stain serves as a protective coating against harsh elements.
In as early as 6 months without stain, your deck will fade, turn to grey, and will begin to absorb decaying elements that will slowly eat up the wood. You will never wish for a rotten deck, yes?
Will Decks Last Forever?
Forever is an immeasurable concept. Asking if your deck can last forever, the answer is no, but you can prolong its life.
Untreated wooden decks can last only for around 10 to 20 years but expect to have an unappealing deck the time near its end. They go around 50 years or more if treated, the same lifespan with composite decks. More importantly, the structural base of the deck will compromise if it’s not getting any checkup since untreated wood would decay much faster.
Wood deck maintenance includes treating, painting, and resealing.
Protect Your Deck Before It Is Too Late
Whether you have an existing deck or plan to have a new one, protecting it now is saving it from premature damage and saving your investment as well.
Wet weather days in Birmingham can be any day of the year, even if it is summertime. But there is no reason to feel desolate when Christmas passes in December and January. Precipitation is expected all throughout the year in Birmingham. So get your deck ready against all kinds of damage.
If today is the only time you will be having a deck in your home, prepare it for any kind of catastrophe just like what you do with your driveway, roof, patio, garden, pool, and the house itself.
Deck boards wear out due to heavy use, foot traffic, heat exposure, and warping during hot months, where everybody loves the sun more than the indoors. But as the hot months wane and winter begins to set in, you have new problems to deal with.
So, take action and have the deck safe from the wrath of bad weather.
Helpful tips to keep your deck as good as new
Your deck is an extended living space that you can use for many reasons. For that, you want to keep it in good appearance and that like your home you keep it clean and comfortable to use.
Enjoy your deck by observing the simple tips in this article.
- Check for damage. Deck structures like boards, rails, and stairs warp, crack, fade, and get moulded if not taken care right away. If you spot any problem that needs fixing, do something about it. Or have a more experienced person to do the repair. Birmingham deck fitters can help you, an expert in decking.
- Cover or remove the furniture. No matter what material of the furniture you placed in your deck, they need to be removed before winter or cold months. Fabric-made or upholstered furniture will easily get damaged with mould and mildew. They will serve as a hub for bugs and will multiply and wreak havoc on foam and fibre. As for furniture made of wood, it is the same as exposing the deck to moisture.
- Bring inside outdoor plants. If you have ornamental plants on pots, you can bring them in to save from strong winds, rain, and storms. You would not want those expensive plant jars go into ruin when the storm lashes out. Bring them out when the winter has passed and summer is on.
- Store heavy furniture in the basement. Some pieces of furniture cannot just be brought inside if they will serve as a clutter indoors. For the meantime you can have them sidelined in a storage room in your home, the attic or the basement, whichever you think is a more convenient place to serve as storage so that you can easily bring them out again when winter months are over.
- Clean the deck with power wash. Power wash is a high-pressure type of cleaning. But you can lower the pressure so it won’t damage the top deck surface. Power washing is a highly effective way of removing tough dirt. Use the recommended solution in washing the boards. The best in doing this not to compromise the joists is to reinforce the deck with waterproofing and drainage system. We will discuss that in another article.
- Apply wood stain. Staining will retain your deck’s original finish. With regular staining, the deck will once again be waterproof and durable for years. The stained deck is protected from scratch, warping, and soaking.
- Keep off leaves using a blower. It is normal to see a lush of dried leaves and twigs on your deck especially on windy days and autumn. Unattended deck covered with leaves will tarnish in time. Use a blower, instead of a broom, to conveniently remove debris.
The deck is a dedicated outdoor space where you can enjoy barbecue time with loved ones. Don’t let deck damage spoil your fun days. By regularly cleaning the deck and having it checked by your deck contractor from time to time, such a place will surely be the most loved in the house as everybody loves to hang out there.
Birmingham Decking can recommend other tips that will retain your deck’s glory. They know better when it comes to preventing your deck from future damage. Call us if you have queries.