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Sealing Your New Deck

Mar 1, 2008
It can be awfully frustrating when you invest hundreds and thousands of dollars designing a fancy deck area and then to have it nearly destroyed when it exposed to too much water. If you employ a contractor to do the job for you, he should warn you warn you about having your deck protected with water sealant. It can sometimes be an additional fee for the job or be included, depending on the deal you make with your contractor. If you make the deck yourself or purchase a residence with an existing deck, being positive it is protected with water sealant will be left up to you.

When you install your own deck, you must make sure to get the proper metal hardware. Stainless steel or galvanized metal products withstand rust so much better. If you have an older deck, replacing metal hardware that is not rust repellent could be a intelligent idea, especially if they are already rusty. If the residence already has a deck, you need to examine the entire thing below and above and change out any rotten or water harmed wood.

Buying a fine quality water sealing product is essential. Using a higher end product may mean having to reseal the deck less often. Water sealing, which is a lot like painting, is a task you do not want to have to repeat any sooner than you have to. If the deck is pretty old, it will probably need a complete washing before you use the water sealing product.

You can do the cleaning with a sprayer on your water hose. A pressure washer works well too if you have one, but if you do not, you might lease one. There are cleaning solutions you can purchase specifically produced for cleaning your deck. Make sure the deck dries entirely before you brush on any water sealing product. You can buy water sealers in clear or tinted shades.

Picking how to apply the water sealer to your deck is what ever is most convenient for you. The most used choices are using a rush or roller. The newest and professional way to tackle the job is with an airless or air sprayer. You might purchase a smaller inexpensive version or you might wish to rent one for a day. Make sure you acquire one that is specifically for putting on stain and sealers. These sprayers are great utensils if you work them the right way. The other way and positively the fastest way, but not the least expensive, is to get a real painter to do it for you.

Depending on the specifications of the water sealer you buy, a number of sealants will last for numerous years. The most vital thing is to pay attention to the wood on your deck about the time for the sealer to wear off and do not neglect resealing the wood too long.
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Dror Klar is a writer and promoter of quality Miami water damage restoration and Atlanta water damage restoration companies.
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