Taking Care of Your Deck
and Wood Surfaces
Whether you want to just relax with your friends on your newly restored deck for leisure or increase the value or your property. Your deck, fence, gazebo and other wood exteriors are all valuable assets to your home. It doesn't matter what the age of your wood surface is, brand new or many years old, they are constantly exposed to the damaging effects of weather, insects, moss, foot traffic, physical wear and ground in dirt. Unprotected wood will crack, fade, split, cup and warp with time, all things that reduce the value of your home.
Rain, snow and morning dew are absorbed by unprotected wood, causing it to swell. When the wood later dries, it will shrink. This constant swelling and shrinking causes wood to warp, split, crack and discolor.
Horizontal deck boards will hold water and snow for prolonged periods of time which attracts fungal spores, causing discoloration. Decks are also subject to 40 to 50 percent more direct sunlight than comparable vertical surfaces.