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!