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Weatherproofing Your Deck

Your deck is important. Many decks are significant financial investments. They can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Depending on the materials involved, decks can be one of the most expensive parts of your home. A deck can also be a major part of family and social life. You can use decks as part of your decor, they bring a backyard or other outdoor area to life and can be the location of many a happy barbeque or party. Decks are also outside the house, subject to the elements. Rain, wind, hail, snow, leaves, critters and any of the other pieces of life outside the house can impose themselves, damagingly, on your deck.

Using a weatherproofing solution to keep your deck safe isn't necessarily rocket science but its important to do it correctly to keep your deck safe. Incorrectly applying weatherproofing solutions to your deck can do damage to the deck so be careful. Be careful to keep aware of the temperature when applying weatherproofing solutions. It should be between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit when applying. Some types of woods will need primers applied before using weatherproofing solutions. These types of woods are called "bleeding" woods and have extractives that are soluble in water, which makes primer a must when weatherproofing. Stirring when applying and using pad applicators or nylon brushes are important parts of working with weatherproofing products. It's also crucial to coat all six sides of the wood with which you're working to ensure that everything is applied correctly. Lastly, its very important to know what the weather is likely to be around the time you're thinking of applying a weatherproofing solution. If it is likely to rain within the 24 hours after applying the weatherproofing solution, do not apply! Its crucial for all wood to be completely dry before weatherproofing as weatherproofing when the wood is wet could damage the wood and would make the solution useless.

Keep in mind that these are just some ideas for weatherproofing your deck. Each deck is, at least to some degree, unique. As always, do your own research before beginning work on protecting your deck from the elements. Good luck and keep it clean and well maintained!

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