Fall has started and the trees are starting to change color. While we might find our self reminiscing about the warm summer days spent outside on your deck. Warm weather gatherings and summer barbecues are some of our favorite pastimes of the season, the combination of foot traffic, food spills and weather can take a toll on any deck.
Before the warm air turns into harsh winter weather, clean and protect your deck from the long winter months to come.
Here we will provide you with some simple tips to keep your deck looking beautiful longer.
Clean the Deck Thoroughly
Ground-in dirt, barbecue spills, liquid spills and many other accidents can ruin our deck appearance and ultimately cause the wood to degrade. The exposure to sun can cause wood to turn gray and the exposure to moisture can create the perfect conditions for the growth of mold, mildew, moss and algae. All there conditions make it important to clean your deck thoroughly to remove the remnants of summer and get it ready for winter.
Use a bleach-free cleaner that is specially formulated for wood to restore your deck to its natural beauty without yellowing. There are many brands out there such as JOMAX Deck Wash that can loosen and lift dirt, and they remove gray, weathered wood and stains from mold and mildew to prepare the deck for a new protective coating.
If your stained or painted deck has seen better days, you might want to consider stripping any deteriorating or faded finish before applying a water-repellent sealer or stain.
Apply a Protective Finish
Apply a water-repellent protective finish after cleaning to protect your deck against the damaging effects of winter. Moisture such as ice, snow, sleet and rain can penetrate an unprotected surface and can cause splitting, cracking and warping. Fortunately, there's a wide variety of premium exterior wood finishes that offer protection against the elements while giving you the opportunity to achieve any desired look.
You can also look for a maximum protection for against water absorption and maximum durability. There are many products out there than can give you up to 10-year satisfaction guarantee so it will keep your deck protected and looking beautiful for years.