Why should I maintain my deck? Can't I leave it alone?
Unprotected wood, when exposed to weather, will decay at an accelerated rate and will shorten it's life. When you walk over the surface of an unmaintained deck, you are bringing bacteria, dirt, and algae back into your home.
Why is my deck peeling?
In most circumstances, peeling is the result of improper application of a coating, over-applying the product, or using a product that didn't penetrate into the surface of the wood.
What's the green stuff on my deck?
Algae grows in areas that suffer from excessive moisure, including morning dew, that aren't exposed to the sun. In most circumstances, proper chemicals and powerwashing will kill and remove algae.
Will powerwashing hurt my wood?
When using the correct PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) the wood should not be damaged. Correct cleaning and powerwashing is recommended by all stain manufacturers before application of their products.
What is the difference between staining and sealing?
Both protect wood in the same manner by repelling damaging water, but still allowing the wood to breathe with the transfer of moisture. Stain is more heavily-bodied and is tintable into a wide range of colors, while sealer is ultra-transparent and is only available in minimal wood-tones.
How long will having my wood re-sealed/stained last?
On fences, sealers will show wear in about 2 years and will need to be re-sealed in 3. Stain will show wear in about 4 years and need maintenance in 5. On decks, vertical surfaces will wear the same as fences, while the horizontal surfaces (floor, handrails, stairs) will last 1-2 years with either stain or sealer.
How long should I wait to seal after installation?
Stain manufacturers recommend that the wood reach 15% moisture or less before application. This can take 30 days of 50+ degree weather with minimal amounts of rain.
How do I keep bees away?
In recent years, wood-bees seem to have become more prevalent. While there is no guaranteed cure for this problem, most local municipalities recommend using wood sealers and stains to deter bees.
Why re-sand my brick pavers?
As the existing sand wears away from time, water will fill those cracks, freeze and expand in the winter, and move the pavers. It also helps to prevent the compost and dirt from collecting between the bricks.