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September 2013

A healthy looking deck is a happy deck

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You spent several thousand dollars on a beautiful new deck a few years ago. Yet as you look out your sliding glass door it’s looking like it has aged 10 years. The flooring is beginning to show some cracking, the top rails show the affect from the suns intense rays and the entire deck has turned gray and dingy. All of this is the result of not having it sealed properly with a professional grade all-in-one seal and stain. Notice I said professional grade. At PlanetGreen PowerWash we use only professional grade oil based wood preservative stains. The stains and sealers you find at Home Depot and Lowe’s simply don’t make the grade. First of all, any stain that claims 5, 6 or even 10 years of protection is simply not true and incredibly misleading. The bottom line is no stain or sealant will last more than 2 – 3 years, PERIOD! It may still show some color or cosmetically look ok but that seal has already run its course and Mother Nature has taken control again. The rains and moisture build-up will begin to make its way inside the woods core and the suns UV rays batter the wood’s surface little by little until it begins to show the graying effect. By this time your wood has begun to crack, split and even curl which means you have waited too long to re-seal it. Don’t give up hope because for a fraction of the cost of a new deck, you can bring it back to life and make your deck happy again. Not to mention, a proud owner who can make their neighbors envy too.

Go with a knowledgeable contractor you can trust who believes in not just getting your business but taking the time it needs to educate you as well. Give us a call or email us and we will walk you through the entire process so you completely understand what it takes to breath new life into that dingy old deck again.

Fall time is protection time.

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Fall is almost here, and that means it is prime time to get your deck ready for the harsh winter months…..

Winter time creates havoc on those unprotected decks. The snowfall is their worst nightmare, especially heavy snowfall.  Although you may not see it, that moisture from the snow and rain slowly soaks into the woods core and begins to damage and eat the inner fibers creating splits and deep cracks. The outer fibers of the woods surface begin to splinter and fray causing a massive protection breakdown. It’s crucial to get that deck properly sealed before the Winter month’s ahead. The longer you procrastinate the more it deteriorates and pretty soon that once beautiful expensive investment becomes an expensive replacement.

An oil-based semi-transparent sealer and stain is the most effective protection and the easiest to maintain. A good rule of thumb is to have your deck cleaned annually each fall and to have it re-sealed every 2-3 years during either the Spring or Fall when the temperatures are between 50 and 90 degrees. Either way its imperative to not wait longer than 3 years no matter what your can says or you will surely be asking for trouble. The Fall is a beautiful time in Virginia, why not enjoy it on a beautiful new looking deck!