It’s critical to maintain your deck to preserve its lifespan and beauty. Most of the time, this means sealing the deck to lock out moisture and preserve the wood. It’s important to remove debris, dirt, old stains, and coatings prior to doing this. Let our team do the work for you. G. Fedale provides comprehensive deck maintenance and repair services, minimizing the amount of work you need to do.
Our Deck Maintenance Process
When the wood on your deck is exposed to moisture and sun over a long period of time, it will begin to degrade. This causes a graying color, and, over time, it can create areas that cup, warp, and split. This type of damage is hard to repair, and it can create significant damage to the surface of the deck and its structural integrity. To avoid that, it’s essential to maintain it on a yearly basis. We can help you with that process.
First, we need to determine what your deck needs. If it has been sealed before, we will test the wood to determine whether the seal remains intact or if it needs to be resealed. You can perform a basic test at home, too. If the wood absorbs water – rather than beads of water forming on the surface – it’s time to reseal it.
Though our team’s deck maintenance process is customized to fit your needs, it generally follows these steps to ensure the best possible finish:
#1: Strip the Deck
Before we can seal the deck, we first need to remove all previous sealants used on the deck. These will make it nearly impossible for the new sealant to adhere to the wood. We make sure that the old is gone so the new can adhere properly.
#2: Clean the Deck
Our team will then thoroughly clean the deck using appropriate materials. This deep-down deck maintenance helps remove all debris and dirt from the surface. Again, we do this so that the new sealant can adhere to the wood properly.
#3: Seal the Deck
We’ll ask you about your goals and use the right product for your needs. Whether you want an opaque deck stain, a wood-toned color, or a semi-transparent stain, we can apply the proper stain product to all surfaces. Keep in mind that our team recommends the use of opaque deck stain whenever the wood is old or weathered to cover up other imperfections.