Cleaning your own deck will
you money and keep it looking fresh!
Deck sealing can be performed during good weather conditions from Spring
through early Fall in many areas. Most deck stains and deck sealers require a
string of dry days and the right temperature for proper application and drying.
The best time period to perform deck cleaning and sealing in Pennsylvania is June 1 through September 30.
When pressure treated lumber
was first introduced we were told it was "maintenance free."
But over the
years we found out that most wooden decks become ugly without periodic cleaning and
Whether it's the bleaching-out effect of the sun's ultraviolet rays on wood in full sun,
or the unsightliness of algae growth in shade, a power
washer will clean your deck surface.
Key Benefits of Cleaning/Sealing
Protect a major
Improve aesthetics for
Add to the value of your
When to clean decks?
Sealing a deck is done in two steps; first power wash your deck, then follow-up
after the proper drying
period for the wood to seal your deck.
BEFORE and AFTER power washing This deck was covered with dirt and algae.
It also had an ugly bleached-out appearance.
power washers use regular tap water, which is then pressurized to help it
clean away years of dirt with only tapwater, instead of using any chemicals.
You need to be careful not to 'fray' and 'splinter' the wood with too much water
pressure, or by holding the wand too close to the deck. This video will
help guide you on the proper techniques:
You have a wide choice of which brand of sealer you would like to use on
your deck. "Clear" or translucent coatings are the most commonly used
since they allow the natural beauty of the wood grain to show-through, however,
solid color tints which are more like paint and can be matched to house
trim colors are
There is no better time to make small repairs that may be needed on your
deck... hammering in loose nails or securing loose boards with weather
resistant screws. It is a good idea to 'pre-drill' any holes in order to
prevent splitting when hammering-in a nail or installing a screw. Some
people prefer screws with heads other than the standard phillips head,
since they do not strip-out as easily.