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Preparing for the Wood Deck

Mar 16, 2008
It will be awfully frustrating when you use hundreds or thousands of dollars making a very nice deck just to have it damaged when it exposed to too much water. When you employ a contractor to install the deck for you, more than likely he will warn you about having your deck protected with water sealant. It might be an additional fee for the job or included, according to who you use. If you build a deck by yourself or purchase a home that has a deck already, being positive it is protected by water sealant will be depend on you.

If you should do your own deck installation, you must make sure to get the correct metal materials. Galvanized and stainless metal products resist rust a lot better. If you have an older deck, replacing metal items that are not rust proof will be a good idea, especially if they are exposed. If a living space has an existing deck, you might want to look it over very well on top and underneath and take out and replace any softened or water harmed wood.

Choosing a good quality water sealing product is essential. Using a higher end product will likely work a good while longer. Water sealing, which is a lot like painting, is a chore you will not like to have to redo very often. If the deck is old, it might need a complete washing before you paint on a water sealing product.

You can do the cleaning with a water hose. A pressure washer works even better if you possess one, but if you do not, you can likely rent one. There are detergents you can purchase especially produced for washing a deck. Be sure the deck dries all the way before you paint on any water sealing product. You can buy water sealers in clear or tinted colors.

Choosing how to put on the water sealer to the deck is what ever is fastest for you. The most common ways are using a brush or roller. The newest and smartest application method to do this task is with an airless or air sprayer. You could buy a smaller inexpensive kind or you might rent one by the day. Be absolutely positive you obtain one that is especially for putting on stain and sealers. These sprayers are great products if they are worked correctly. Another way and positively the most convenient way, but not always the least expensive, is to engage a real painter to do it for you.

Depending on the specifics of the water sealer you purchase, many sealants will last for numerous years. The most vital thing is to pay attention to the wood about the time for the sealer to wear off and do not put off retreating the wood very long.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
Seattle Water Damage Restoration and
Detroit water damage restoration companies.
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