Wooden decks are gorgeous structures that will provide you with decades of enjoyment. However, they do require regular maintenance. After all, wood is an organic material and when used outdoors, the wood is subjected to the elements. These elements (sun, heat, water, wind, and insects) are part of nature’s natural order and designed to aid in decomposition. You don’t want your new wooden deck to decompose do you? Prevent decay by properly maintaining your deck.
Houston Deck Contractors will provide you with specific recommendations for the wooden deck type that you choose. In the meantime, it’s smart to become familiar with the different treatments available.
Wood Preservatives – Your lumber will likely have been treated at the lumberyard with a CCA (Copper Chrome Arsenic) pressure treatment. The minerals used are fungicides and insecticides. Pressure treated woods require stainless steel or galvanized fasteners.
Water Repellents and Sealers – In addition to chemical preservatives, a water repellent finish with oil, wax, and fungicidal additives is recommended to repel water and add additional protection against mold and insects.
Biocides – Biocides are used to deter insects and fungi.
Tints, Stains, and Finishes – Your Houston deck contractor will help you select a beautiful finish for your wooden deck with dozens of options available with shades available that allow the wood’s natural grain beauty to shine through in all its glory.
Deck Cleaners – In addition to applying sealants, biocides, and finishes, your deck will need regular washing. It’s important to wash the deck using a cleanser that won’t harm the finish. Many deck cleaners have additives that also add additional microbial protection and revitalize the wood’s existing sealants.