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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:50 pm 
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Your Deck-A Little Maintenance=A Lot of Enjoyment

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With summer here, one of life's simple pleasures is drinks or dinner on our deck. With a little maintanence, our deck will be a source of enjoyment for years to come. Here's some tips to help you keep your deck looking good and lasting long.

Moisture
Moisture from snow and rain causes expansion and contraction of wood resulting in loose nails and warping, cracking or splitting of boards.
Prevent moisture damage by sweeping your deck regularly, clearing away puddles and any dirt and leaves that retain moisture and don't dry out easily. In winter, its especially important to include your deck in your snow shoveling routine.

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With Colorado's abundance of sunshine, you'll want to sand the surface to expose the fresh wood below and then keep your deck covered with a good coat of sealant or stain.

Cleaning
When preparing your deck for its summer debut, you'll want to get the surface very clean before applying a sealant or stain product. Depending on the situation, a deck cleaner or brightener may be needed. You can use a garden hose, but power washing is the best method for quick and detailed cleaning. Unless you have experience using a power washer, you may want to leave that to the professionals. Improper power washing can cause splintering of wood, stripping of the surface or uneven streaking.

Finishing
After washing, let the deck boards dry out for a few days in our warm Colorado sunshine. With our dry climate it won't take long to get a nice moisture-free surface to insure proper adherence of your finish coat. There are several finishing products on the market and your selection will depend on the particulars of your deck.

You've done the work, now get out there and enjoy!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:40 pm 
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Hi, after power-washing and letting dry for a few days, is sweeping any debris off of the deck sufficient even if it's still a little dusty? And when applying the protectant coating, what method of application do you recommend and/or use?
Thank you very much for the info!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:07 am 
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Great questions.
After power-washing, let your deck dry overnight and it should be ready for application of the product. You won't want too much time to pass before applying the product so that dust doesn't accumulate. If using a semi-transparent stain (recommended), a little dust won't be a problem. If you need to sweep, that's fine. If it's been too long and too dusty (watch out for all that pollen we get up here), you'll have to wash off the deck again.

You can apply the product by spraying or using a brush and roller. This will be based on your preference. If you spray, you may need to mask off areas that could get overspray. When using a brush and roller, you can get into all the crevices.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Keeping your deck in tip top condition gets easier every time you do it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:18 am 
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My deck rails have shrunk and now are loose. Do I need to replace them or is there a fix?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:55 am 
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news . . . Once the wood on your deck has shrunk and become uneven, it's time to replace them. Wish I had a cheaper fix for you. This is exactly why it's important to keep your deck in tip top shape. The cost of powerwashing and applying a protectant pales in comparison to the cost of replacing the decking or rails. Even when you replace the wood, you'll need to apply a protective product so that you don't have to go through this again.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:53 pm 
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Figured, thanks ,do you this type of work?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:38 pm 
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Sorry, I don't do the carpentry work, but once you've got that done, give me a call and I can put a really nice finish on your deck.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:09 pm 
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Greg, I just gave your number to a lady who is looking for someone to do vinyl wallpaper in 6 Village In Restaurants.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:53 pm 
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Thanks, Becky. I remove wallpaper to paint the walls, but I don't install it.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:02 pm 
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Hopefully you can direct her to someone who does.

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