Beautify your deck by hiring a professional
Your deck is more than an investment. It is your personal sanctuary – a place to gather with family, friends and neighbors. It is a vacation destination in your own back yard. You celebrate birthdays, graduations and summer holidays in this relaxing space, so why not treat it right?
A professional deck specialist can help you clean and beautify your deck, whether it is made of wood or composite. They can also restore your fence, children’s play set and wood siding.
A vital, two-step process is required. A wood soap is first applied to remove dirt, algae and gray wood fibers. In the case of composite decks, a dedicated composite cleaner is used to remove unhealthy mold – a condition affecting a great number of these synthetic surfaces.
Following this thorough cleaning, a professional deck restoration technician applies a protective sealant to the wood to repel water and harmful UV rays. A tinted sealer or toner is the product of choice, as it protects surfaces for two to three years on horizontal surfaces and four to five years on verticals.
Homeowners generally make three errors when attempting to restore their own decks. First, the wood is often not cleaned properly. This reduces the longevity of the treatment by up to 50 percent.
Secondly, as much product usually lands on the house and surrounding areas as it does on the deck itself. Finally, homeowners often over-coat their decks. This results in the need for an expensive chemical stripper to be applied to remove the excess coating. Any savings generated by doing the work themselves is negated the next time around.
The best advice is to leave this type of work up to a deck maintenance professional. It involves the use of chemicals and requires a skilled hand to maximize the longevity of the treatment. Enjoy your weekend with your family and permit an expert to restore and beautify your personal retreat.
About this Angie’s List Expert: David Hydock is the president and founder of Deck Rescue, LLC, providing deck maintenance services in Litchfield, Ohio. Since 1995, Deck Rescue, LLC has specialized in exterior wood, concrete and brick patios, power washing, sealing, staining and log and cedar home restoration.
As of July 26, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.