Prepare Outdoor Decks For Extreme Weather

What You'll Need
Rough Grade Sandpaper
Fine Grade Sandpaper
Water Sealant
Electric Sander
Deck Cover

Outdoor decks are a great addition to any home. They provide a great location for barbeques, conversation and even getting a little sun. Unfortunately, decks are also exposed to extreme weather conditions. Protecting outdoor decks is a necessary step to ensure they last a long time.

Step 1 – Remove Worn Wood and Old Sealant

Overtime sealant begins to break down and loose its effectiveness. To ensure the best application of a new sealant, it is important to first remove the old sealant and any worn wood. To do this you should first sand the deck using a rough grade sandpaper to remove the sealant and the worn wood and then use a fine grade sandpaper to smooth the deck down. Once you have fully sanded the deck, use a broom or vacuum cleaner to remove the saw dust and any other dirt or debris. Finally, use a hose, or a pressure washer to ensure the deck is completely free of debris. Allow the deck to dry completely before applying any type of sealant or stain.

Step 2 – Apply Sealant

While a sealant is not necessary when using a stain, it is a good step to take because it offers a better level of protection against moisture. Using a large roller, apply a thin layer of sealant. Remember not to use too much sealant. Adding too much sealant can lead to bubbles forming which can reduce the effectiveness of the sealant. Allow the sealant to dry for 24 to 48 hours before moving on.

Step 3- Stain the Deck

Applying a layer of stain adds an extra layer of color and protection to your deck. When choosing the stain you will use on your deck, look specifically for outdoor rated stains and select one with the color you want. When the staining process is done, it is important to avoid walking on the deck for at least 24 hours. This will allow the stain to fully dry.

Step 4- Utilize a Deck Cover

A deck cover is a vinyl cover which is designed to be draped over the entire deck. For the most extreme weather, a deck cover is the best option. Deck covers help to keep moisture off your deck and prevent ice from forming on your deck.