Protecting Your Outdoor Wood Deck

With sufficient exposure to moisture, your wood deck can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Fortunately, there are a number of products that can protect your outdoor wood deck from moisture and the wood-destroying organisms that can grow on it. Read on to learn more about what you can do to protect your outdoor wood deck.

House patio with wooden table and chairs

Cleaning
Regularly sweep your outdoor wood deck with a soft-bristle broom to keep it looking nice without damaging the wood. We also recommend washing the surface of the wood with soap and water once or twice annually using a soft brush.

Painting and Staining
Paint is a good way to protect a wood deck while keeping up its attractive appearance. If you have a deck made from specialty woods, keep in mind that a semitransparent stain is more effective than paint at showing off the character of the wood.

Avoid Moisture and Plants
To keep your wood deck from accumulating moisture, remove any possible sources of moisture and ensure the stain applied to it has not lost its water-repellant properties. Avoid planting shrubs or hanging flowerpots too close to your deck, as they invite moisture.

Apply a Wood Preservative
Wood preservatives contain chemicals that kill fungi and insects that destroy or discolor wood. Technically they are classified as pesticides, so it’s important to handle them with care and dispose of them properly.

Use Water Repellents
Water repellants are a type of penetrating wood finish. Water repellant treatments contain waxes or oils that prevent water from soaking into your wood deck, which makes growth difficult for organisms that could harm your wood deck. It’s also great for stabilizing the wood, which reduces cracking and warping. We recommend applying a water-repelling wood preservative to your wood deck every year or two.

At Southern Lumber of San Jose, CA, we have a vast selection of hardwood decks and flooring. If you want to work on your deck, we also have plenty of woodworking tools and supplies. Call us at (408) 297-9663 or check out our website for more information about our selection of specialty woods and woodworking tools.

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