Weatherproofing Wood Decks
So you’ve finally gotten the deck of your dreams and you’ve been through the deck material selection, the deck building and the first wonderful year enjoying your backyard. But how do you make sure your wood deck stays beautiful after a rainy spring or a snowy winter? The different methods of keeping a deck protected from the elements after the initial deck building is called weatherproofing.
There are a few options available to homeowners for weatherproofing wood decks, depending on what your timeframe and aesthetics are.
Staining a Wood Deck
Deck stains can not only protect your wood deck but make it look like new. Deck stain comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can change the appearance of faded wood decks and update them based on your preferences. Depending on how severe weather is in your region, a stained deck can last two to three years without needing another deck stain application.
Sealing a Wood Deck
Deck sealant is a shorter-term solution that can preserve the natural beauty of your wood deck. Maybe you love the way your deck looks. A deck sealant is a clear protective coat for your deck that protects against moisture for about a year. Deck sealant mostly protects decks from moisture, not UV rays, so the deck may weather over time. However, some products offer extra UV protection, even in sealant.
Painting a Wood Deck
Finally, if your deck is old or damaged, an option to cover up the wood is to paint it. This also can be a fun option for people who want to have a deck with a color other than a natural wood stain tone. Paint protects decks from both UV light and moisture and can make your wood deck a statement piece in your backyard.
So how can you go about sealing, staining, or painting your deck? Depending on the size of your deck, it could be a big project, involving ladders, drop cloths, many cans of sealant and hours of work. Why not ask the professionals for help?
Deck contractor Bend is available to help you find the best solution for weatherproofing your deck. You might have an idea now of which solution would be best for your deck and deck contractor Bend can help advise you. Then, they can help preserve your deck for years to come. Call deck contractor Bend today!
Hi, Mike here! There is nothing better than a beautiful backyard and deck to entertain and enjoy your family and friends! This blog is a dedicated space to give readers deck building and design ideas as well as best practices for caring for and maintaining your deck, porch or pergola to enjoy it for many years to come.