Life just seems more grand in the Springtime and it gives all of us a little jolt of Martha Stewart-like prowess. (And we are less than a month away!) You want to get up earlier, you’re motivated to clean out your closet and even deep clean the baseboards. You’re ready to cook delicious, healthy meals, put fresh flowers on the patio table and invite friends over to enjoy a glass of wine, while dining al fresco in your lovely outdoor space.
While mulling over the perfect recipe, drinks, table décor and music to use, go take a quick look at your deck or patio – could it use some TLC? Now is the perfect time to think about getting your deck ready for Spring & Summer entertaining.
The best way to prep your deck for the upcoming season:
1. Power wash the surface area to clean it of any mildew stains, dirt, debris or contaminates. I recommend hiring a pro to avoid this.
2. Allow enough time for the deck to fully dry.
3. Choose a seal/stain product that is best for YOUR deck to protect the wood and give it a professional finish. (If you’re unsure of what the best product is, keep reading.)
“So, what is the best sealing or staining product for my deck?” This is one of the most common questions customers ask Randy, my husband and owner of Cascade Services, when calling for help with maintaining their home. And it’s a great question – there are so many options available to use including toners, semi-transparent, semi-solids, or solids. How do you know which one is right for you?
Here is a quick cheat sheet listing the various types of sealing/staining options available. In general, the more opaque the product, the longer the life span of the product lasting due to blocking more UV rays.
Sealant: Clear, protects wood and preserves its natural color; sealants will last about 1 year (recommended)
Toner: Slightly pigmented, limited colors available, mainly natural colors; toners will last 2 – 3 years (recommended)
Semi-Transparent: Lightly pigmented, allows the wood grain to show through; lasts 2 – 3 years
Semi-Solid: More pigmented and almost completely hides natural wood grain and color; lasts 3 – 4 years.
Solid: Fully opaque and will cover older stains, many colors available; can last up to 4 or 5 years (recommended)
Unfortunately, there is not one type of product that takes the cake. The best product for your deck will depend on a number of factors specific to your deck.
- How old is your deck? What is the condition it is in?
- How much sunlight does your deck receive? How much shade does your deck receive?
- Does the deck have color on it from a previous stain or paint application?
- How natural of a look are you trying to achieve on your wood?
- How long do you want the product to last (i.e. what is more important to you - external appearance or lasting performance)?
When working with a deck cleaning professional, you should be asked a series of questions similar to what I mentioned above, and then some. He/she should take their time going through the options with you, answering your questions and provide an in-person walk-through and free estimate for you.
Now are you thinking about getting your deck ready for Spring and need some professional advice? Get in touch with us. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and love helping other NOVA residents beautify their home!
(P.S. Real Housewives of NOVA will be hosting a Cascade Services Spring Giveaway in March – be sure to keep up to date and "Like" us on Facebook so you don’t miss out!)
Cascade Services, LLC is a professional pressure washing, sealing / staining, and carpet cleaning company based out of Gainesville, VA. Established in 2008 by Randy Buswell, a NOVA native with 15 years of experience learning from his own father’s business, Cascade has become a trusted and reliable contractor serving customers all over Northern Virginia. For more information, call (703) 915-2402 or visit us at www.cascademe.com and "Like" us on Facebook! *sponsored post