Mother Nature can be a devastating force and is particularly harsh on wood decks.
The sun’s ultra violet rays can damage the wood fibres and turn its colour to a dull grey. Rain, snow, and morning dew are all absorbed by unprotected wood, causing it to swell. When the sun’s heat dries the wood it shrinks back. These cycles of wet and dry, swelling and shrinking causes the wood to warp, split, cup and crack. Cleaning the wood will remove the discolouration and prepare the surface to be stained or sealed. This will provide a protective coating to extend the life of your investment. In most cases a home owner’s deck can be sealed within a day or two after cleaning. Sealing should not be done unless the wood is at the right moisture level for the selected sealer. If rain delays sealing, even for several weeks, it is usually not necessary to re-wash the surface before completing the job.