Now that summer is in full swing, you are probably spending lots of time outdoors. Is your deck looking a bit rough around the edges? How long has it been since you routine maintenance on your deck? Does it need to be cleaned? Does it need to be stained? Taking the time now to maintain your deck can mean that you can enjoy it for years to come. Here are some tips from your Denver deck builders at Ridgeline Design and Build.
Clean Your Deck
If it’s been a while since you cleaned your deck, it’s probably starting to look a little gray. A deck cleaner can help. If you want to lighten the wood, use a cleaner that has bleach in it. Use a non-bleach cleaner if you don’t want to change the wood’s natural color. (The non-bleach variety is also easier on the environment and won’t harm adjacent plants and bushes.) Be sure to read the instructions carefully before using the product.
Sweep the deck thoroughly before getting started to make sure all solid debris is cleared. Use your hose to get the deck wet. Apply the deck cleaner using either a roller, sprayer, or brush. It’s a good idea to wear gloves while you are working with the deck cleaner. Let the cleaner sit on the deck for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with your hose.
Stain Your Deck
Now that your deck is nice and clean, it’s time to put on the exterior stain. Let your deck dry thoroughly after cleaning for about two days afterward.
Exterior stains come in either water- or oil-based, and whichever one you decide to use is primarily a personal preference. You can also use a clear wood preservative that will help protect it from the harsh Colorado sun. Use a deep-penetrating formula that will repel water.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions and wear gloves and eye protection before you get started. Prep the area by covering what isn’t going to be stained with a cloth tarp. Don’t use plastic tarp unless there are no plants in the area. Now you are ready to apply the finish with a brush or roller. Let it penetrate the wood for about 20 minutes, then go back over the surface with a brush, making sure to go over any puddles of product so you don’t have shiny patches. It’s usually recommended that two coats be applied.
Do you have more questions about cleaning your deck? Read Bob Vila’s Do’s and Don’ts of Deck Maintenance
for a list of best and worst practices when it comes to taking care of your deck.
If you are thinking of getting a brand new deck, take a look at our project gallery
for some inspiration. The professionals at Ridgeline Design and Build can work with you to transform your backyard into extra living space you can use for relaxing and entertaining by adding a deck space. Give us a call at 303-346-6100 or request a free quote. When you are ready for the deck of your dreams, let the experts at Ridgeline Remodeling help. Contact us