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Deck Staining or Sealing After The Winter

Chicago’s winters can be harsh on wooden decks surfaces between the below-freezing temperatures and the frequent snow and ice. Boards may rot, metal bolts may rust, and protective lacquers can wear away over time. 

As spring approaches, outdoor gatherings start to become an everyday reality. It’s essential to make sure your deck is in top repair, not just for aesthetic reasons but also for the safety of your family and guests.

To cover up the ravages of winter and protect your porch from the spring rains, contact the best local deck sealing company. Deck Doc provides expert deck staining and deck sealing services. 

Read on to learn more about why you should consider deck staining and sealing this winter and what our deck sealing company offers.

Common Sources of Winter Damage

Spring is the best time to evaluate and refresh the appearance and robustness of your patio or deck. Seasonal changes bring new weather patterns, which means different maintenance needs for your outdoor wooden structures. 

One of the following causes of winter damage may have affected your property, and you need our professional help to make your deck look great by spring: 

Debris

Fallen leaves and branches are a familiar sight in the winter months. They tend to build up without regular sweeping if your porch has any tree cover. Dampness is your worst enemy when it comes to preserving outdoor wooden structures. So you want to make sure to clear away any leaves or debris that could trap winter moisture against the wood. 

Check under patio furniture and outdoor planters for telltale signs of water damage. When snow builds up on these surfaces and then begins to melt, the resulting water can trickle under your furniture and cause damage over time.

Snow

A properly built wooden porch is sturdy enough to support a surprising amount of snow. That doesn’t mean snow doesn’t damage your property over time, especially in the Midwest. During the 2020-2021 winter season, Chicago received a whopping 48 inches of snow. Your deck could easily see structure-straining precipitation between November and March. 

If you want to clear light, powdery snow off your deck, we recommend using a broom. However, if there’s an accumulation of more than three feet, it’s time to bust out the shovel. Just make sure you use a plastic shovel rather than a metal one to avoid scratching the wood below.

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Improper Tools

Another thing to remember is that several of the more common methods of removing snow and ice are actually more dangerous to your deck than the snow and ice themselves. 

Salt, for instance, can damage the metal fasteners and joists, and ice chippers can scrape away your sealant and splinter the wood. If your porch has been exposed to salt this winter, you might see corrosion on the bolts and brackets that hold the planks and beams together. These metal elements may need to be replaced to ensure your patio’s safety and stability.

Restoring Color and Shine

After clearing any snow, ice, and debris from your deck, you may notice patches of discoloration and infestations such as mold or mildew. These wood-eating fungi are attracted to moisture, which Chicago winters bring in abundance. 

Deck Cleaning

A good scrub with an oxygen-based bleach solution might be just what you need to rid your outdoor space of these unwanted pests. However, if your deck has been exposed to large quantities of moisture over the winter, it might also be necessary to power wash the affected surface.

Deck Staining

Once your deck has been thoroughly cleaned, you’re ready to start staining and sealing. Deck staining is the best way to cover up blemishes from moisture, salt, falling icicles, and other winter scourges. 

Stains come in a variety of shades, so you can match the exact color of the original wood or choose a new color that coordinates with your home’s exterior.

Deck Sealing

Sealants are an important aspect of prolonging the life of wooden structures. Primarily in areas with high rates of winter precipitation because they help prevent water from soaking into the wood, leading to rot and mold. Enlisting our professional deck sealing services will ensure your patio gets a tough, water-repellent coating to protect against the impending spring rains.

In addition to their practical applications, sealants also lend an attractive luster to the surface of wooden structures. Your local deck sealing company can cover winter damage with a new coat of stain or sealant.

Bottom Line 

There’s no denying that Chicago winters can be tough on outdoor wooden structures with water and structural damage possible from accrued snowfall, salt, and falling ice. Clear out those winter doldrums and get your porch ready for spring. Hire us as your local deck sealing company for cleaning, maintenance, deck staining, and deck sealing services.

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Deck Maintenance: How To Keep Your Deck Clean and Prevent Rotting

Owning a property with a deck is many people’s dream. They can be great for summer parties, BBQs, or other outdoor activities. However, many people struggle to maintain their outdoor spaces due to the risk of issues like wood rot. There are four easy steps to take that will help to keep your deck clean and in good condition. Read on to learn more about the importance of deck staining, managing deck power washing, and other important information.

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5 Deck Sealing Tips You Need to Know

Homeowners who have a deck often think of it as an additional room outside their home. Our decks get just as much use as the family room when the weather is nice. Deck sealing can help you prevent wear and tear from the harsh elements and keep your deck looking beautiful for years to come. If you are looking to seal or stain your deck, you’ve come to the right place. Follow these five-deck sealing tips to ensure you are sealing your deck properly.

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Prepare For the Winter: 7 Ways to Keep Your Deck Safe and Secure

As the summer entertaining and grilling season winds down, you start thinking about the snow that’ll soon fly. If you have a deck, that means you need to take a few extra steps to prep in the fall. Wood deck additions cost an average of $14,360 according to Remodeling Magazine. Doing a little winter prep work protects that investment so you can enjoy your deck next spring without discovering damage from winter weather.

Keep reading for seven ways to prepare for winter when it comes to your deck.

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When to Seal a New Deck? Here’s What You Should Know

Whether to host a family barbecue or enjoy your morning coffee on, wooden decks are one of the most desirable additions to a home. You can personalize it with any stain that you want and you can move your gatherings away from the grass where pests may bother you and your guests. If you’ve installed a new deck recently, you probably know that sealing the deck is an important step. If you’re wondering when to seal a deck, keep reading to learn more!

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How to Restore Your Deck

A deck is an excellent investment in the Chicagoland area and suburbs. According to the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, on average, ers can recoup nearly 100% of the original cost. Annual deck maintenance will forestall repairs, protect your investment, and boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space.

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Dealing with Deck Discoloration

Outdoor wooden decks are constantly exposed to nature’s elements, including sun, rain, wind, fungi, mold, dust, pollen, and dirt. Sunlight is the biggest culprit for deck discoloration. In short, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can break down the wood’s integrity, eventually leading to a gradual shift from its original pristine color to gray hues. Over time this leads to changes in the deck’s appearance, which includes Fortunately, some things can be done to prevent or address deck discoloration.

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7 Common Deck Problems and Solutions

New freshly stained or sealed deck is a pleasure to look at and spend time on. But over time, no matter what you do, wooden surfaces become weathered and lose their lush color and start looking worn. In some cases, the wood starts rotting and warping. Read on to discover the seven most common problems that can appear as the deck ages.

Graying Decks

Over time, with age and debris, wooden decks can turn gray. Fortunately, there is a simple way to restore some of your deck’s former glory. One of the best ways to address your deck’s graying color is a good cleaning and perhaps a wood brightener.

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Deck Inspections, Cleaning, Sealing, and Restoration

Along with enjoying outdoor lounging and BBQs, decks often enhance the overvalued value and beauty of the home. Decks also require regular inspection, cleaning, sealing, and maintenance.

Deck Inspection

At least twice a year, deck owners are advised to carefully inspect their deck, including handrails and steps. They should look for any stress signs, loose, broken, rotting, cracking, or curling areas. It’s important to replace damaged boards to prevent injuries or further deck damage. Also, carefully look for any missing hardware (nails, screws, or bolts) and fix any identified issues. Finally, using a flashlight, check for beneath the deck, to ensure insects or animals aren’t causing any damage to the structural supports.