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…better take care of it so it will last for many years.


An outdoor deck or porch is a great way to expand your living space when the weather permits.  With proper care and maintenance, its life can be extended.


Care for your outdoor-wood deck or porch by periodically applying protective coatings.  If your deck has been constructed with common pressure treated Yellow Pine or another outdoor wood such as Fir or Mahogany, colored stains and other water-repellent solutions may periodically be applied. 


Remove mildew or other intrusive growth thoroughly; this may be done by hand scrubbing with a brush and “deck-wash” solution or by “power-washing”.


Your local building supply or paint dealer will have a full range of coatings such as “Thompson’s” water seal or various exterior stains suitable for the treatment of your deck.


Be sure the deck surfaces are dry and well swept.  Use a brush to saturate surfaces between decking boards.  A roller on the end of an extension pole is an efficient way to cover the flat deck surfaces.


Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for application of any coating for both adhesion and health and safety.  Wear safety glasses when scraping or sanding as well.



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