By Paul Auguste. Garden Patio. Published at Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 - 08:28:42 AM.
All decks need maintenance at some point, and this is especially true for wood decks. Because of their natural properties, wood decks are prime targets for surface mold, mildew and discoloration over time. Decks built in a shady backyard or in very humid climates are especially prone to mold and mildew buildup because they rarely dry completely after a rainstorm. If your deck suffers from mold or mildew, there are several ways to restore it to nearly new.
Stains come in many different colors, from light to dark. You can match the color of the deck to the siding on your house or use a complementary color to the hue of your home. Stains come in transparent types that allow the grain of the wood to show through, and there are semi-transparent finishes that color the wood but still allow the grain to show through.
For best results, you should apply stain to a clean, dry deck. Using a synthetic brush or paint roller, apply even strokes following the grain of the wood. Start with the railing so you can clean up any drips before tackling the floor of the deck. Let the newly stained deck, or replaced board, dry for at least three hours or more before walking on it.
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