I think we can all agree that we’d much rather be BBQing on our decks than staining or sealing them. But taking a weekend at the very beginning of the warm season can save a lot of headache down the road. If you need convincing to throw even more items on your to-do list, I have three reasons deck treatment should be added:
Reason #1 Pre-emptive Care or “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
One of the first steps to finishing a deck is to go over the whole surface and look for loose screws and rotted boards and replace them. This keeps moisture from getting into and between boards. It’s also a good time to walk around and check the posts, joists, mounts, and brackets for structural integrity. No one wants to be “that” family riding the collapsing deck on America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Reason #2 Weather and Sun Will Damage Untreated Wood
Moisture can lead to mildew and rot during the spring/summer months and in areas with rough winters where moisture can freeze and cause even more damage. The Sun in some areas can age a wood deck in a single season. Then you are left with a greyed dingy looking surface. Pretty soon the neighbor kids are telling stories about your house being haunted and your friends don’t want to come over for burgers and dogs. If people are turning down free food you know its gotten pretty bad.
Reason #3 Refinishing Your Deck Can Add to Your Homes’ Value and Curb Appeal
At least for the foreseeable future we are in a buyer’s market. If you are trying to sell your home you know the importance of getting the potential buyer to picture him or herself living their lives in the home. The backyard space is just as important as the inside for this, and the deck is a paramount part of the landscape.
Now that you know the three reasons to stain your deck, check out our Woodmates line of deck stain applicators that can make this project a snap. From prepping with the TeleWash to blasting through the spindles with the Contour tool Woodmates will help from start to finish.