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Sealing Your Deck

The thing to remember about decks is that they do not last forever. However, your deck will last you a very long time if you continue to regularly take care of it. Just as the sun damages our own skin, the sun also damages your deck, unless it is properly sealed. Sealing a deck will not keep all the harmful rays of the sun away from your deck, but it will dramatically reduce the amount that gets through to it. Water is also an element that that will damage your deck if it gets through to the inside of the wood. Sealing your deck will protect it against these two harmful elements.

Having your deck sealed is a multi-step process. It can be done by a do-it-yourselfer or by a decking professional. Most people prefer to hire someone to do the dirty work. Regardless of who handles the sealing, the first step is to use a solution of bleach and water to remove the water damage from the wood. If your deck is showing signs of a chalky gray color then it is definitely suffering from water damage. The bleach solution will bring the wood back to its original color.

The next step requires the deck to either be pressure washed or sandblasted. This process removes any previous stains, sealants, residues, oils, debris etc. The idea is to get the wood stripped down and raw. The new sealing will not work as well unless it is put on a raw surface. Once you get the wood to this state, the stain and sealant can be applied. You should repeat this process every 3-5 years to ensure that the deck continues to look good with minimal splintering and discoloration.

Sealing your deck may seem like a major pain, but it helps to think about how much money it is saving you to have this maintenance done. If the wood does not get sealed periodically, it will start to lose its strength and end up needing to be replaced much earlier than you anticipated. The process of sealing your deck is much cheaper than a new deck. The truth is that every year that you go without treating your deck, you take years off its life.

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Designing a Deck

Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.

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Pressure Washing Your Deck

Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.

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Working With Deck Builders

Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.

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