Untreated Decks – Can I leave my deck untreated?
There isn’t any law that untreated decks must be treated with paint, sealer, or stain, but professionals advise that you won’t get as long of a lifespan if it isn’t treated. A wood deck that is properly sealed and treated, and regular deck maintenance, can give you up to 50 years of beauty and enjoyment. An untreated wooden deck will only give you 10 to 15 years, depending on the climate.
How often do decks need to be sealed?
With a solid stain, you want to reapply every four to five years. A sealer doesn’t color the wood, simply protects it from the moisture and minimizes the wood from rotting and splitting. Resealing every season should be a part of your routine deck maintenance.
With the information we have provided in this article, you can now approach your deck maintenance with knowledge! If you are planning on building a deck this spring, you now know what you need to do in terms of deck maintenance, you may wonder what is the life expectancy of a wood deck is if you choose that route. As we stated earlier, if you treat your deck from the beginning with a stain/sealer combination product and keep your deck maintenance on a regular routine, you can expect up to 50 of enjoyment. Call (570) 561-9445 today for deck services in Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Scranton, PA!
Should I stain or seal my untreated decks?
Maybe you don’t have untreated decks currently, so deck maintenance isn’t an issue yet. Your deck plans are building one or having one built, so you want to get started right. Is staining or sealing a wood deck the best way to start?
The most common recommend by professional contractors is to use a combination stain and sealer, which is a wood sealer that has color pigment added to provide the stain results. This combination provides an advantage of added protection from water and weather damaging the wood. The stain part of the combination product minimizing the UV rays to keep the color from fading. Applied correctly, your deck maintenance will be easier.
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