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All About Your Outdoor Deck And Water Damage

Aug 4, 2008
Many homes these days have wooden decks as a substitute for a cement or tiled patio space. The natural wood element just seems to fit so well with the style of some homes much better than cement or tile. The thing about natural wood decking is that it must be cared for over the years properly if it is going to withstand the weather. This can be achieved rather easily when it is done as often as is recommended.

When you buy a home that has an old deck already, it is important to inspect it carefully above and below to make sure that it is safe for you and your family to walk on and use for the purposes it was intended for. You need to look for places that may be rotting or have weakened because of over exposure to sun, wind, rain, or snow. All of these elements can cause wood to deteriorate if it has not been properly treated.

Sometimes people who build their decks themselves will not use the right hardware necessary. Some hardware can rust and become unstable after years of weather exposure. If your old deck has this rusting hardware, you might consider replacing it with stainless steel hardware or if the wood is in poor condition also, you might wish to build a new deck all together.

If your deck is in good shape, then what you need to do is to make sure that it stays that way. Buying a wood deck sealing product that will hold up for years is what you want to use. You can put it on yourself using a paint brush or roller. You might even consider renting a special sprayer designed especially for sealers to make the job go even faster. You could always hire a professional painter to do it too.

When you reapply this sealing as often as the instructions call for, you should not have to worry about the weather eroding and rotting your deck wood for years at a time. Keeping the surface clean is always helpful too. Only when a deck is safe and stable can it be used for what it was intended. This means that you might have to do a little maintenance every so often. If you are going to have a deck, it needs to be kept in good condition or it will do nothing for the value of your home.
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