A deck can greatly enhance your outdoor space and give you the ability to enjoy your home, business, or building in a way like you never have before: without the roof over your head. However, before you add a deck or patio, there are several things you need to ask yourself in order to make sure you make the best decision regarding what material to build your deck out of. Here are a few of these questions that can help you make a better-educated decision regarding your deck.
What do you want your deck to do?
If you’re looking to enhance your home, you may want a deck that you can use for things like grilling or hosting parties. You may also be looking for a deck to surround that brand new swimming pool you’re installing. If you have a business or commercial structure, your needs are going to be different. What you want to do with your deck is the first place you should start when coming up with a design.
How can your deck be accessed?
Looking to have an easily-accessible deck that loads of different people will use on a daily basis? Or do you want a private, secluded area that you use pretty much exclusively on your own. The way you access your deck will heavily influence how it’s used and therefore how it should be constructed.
How do you want your deck to look?
Almost equally as important to the functionality of your deck is its design. A deck that looks ugly will bring your property value down significantly and probably won’t be used all that much. Conversely, a beautiful and functional deck will be one of the highlights of a property. Make sure you choose a design that satisfies your desire for beauty as much as functionality.
How much will your deck be used?
How much you use your deck will affect what materials you should be using to build it. Heavy foot traffic? You’ll need something durable. Less foot traffic but lots of elemental exposure? Something different still. This will also impact how often you’ll need to resurface or re-seal your deck.
What kind of budget do you have?
Think pristine marble beautiful? It does, but it’s also tremendously expensive to both install and upkeep, so it’s not for the average deck builder. Knowing about how much you have to spend on a project will heavily influence what materials you choose.
Will your deck be covered?
Decks that take a lot more abuse from the sun, rain, and other elements will wear out faster than those that don’t. If you want your deck to serve as an oasis, you should plan on combatting the sun with a covering of some sort. Where you situate a deck on your property should also influence what kind of covering you’ll need—if it’s a mostly covered area, you won’t need nearly as much covering as one out in sunlight constantly.
For many property owners, their deck is one of their pride and joy features of their property. In addition to being a great place to relax and entertain visitors, a deck can increase your property value tremendously. However, depending on how much exposure to the elements and foot traffic your deck receives, you will need to periodically maintain it. One of these periodic services is to have your deck re-stained. A new stain can provide an aging deck with a full facelift, making it look brand new again, as well as preserving and protecting it from the elements for the last several years.
What is a deck re-staining service? This blog from our Los Angeles deck waterproofing experts will briefly explain the process in some detail.
The first thing that needs to be done to your deck is to prepare it for the new stain. If you have stained your deck before, this means removing the old stain or surface. This can be done with a sander, sand-blaster, or even a pressure washer. Afterward, your deck surface needs to be ready to take the new stain, meaning it needs to be dry and free from dirt and dust.
Applying a new stain involves ensuring that the temperature is right for good adhesion (some stains won’t stick if the temperature is too hot or cold) and that the weather forecast looks good. From there, the process of applying your new stain surface will vary depending on the surface of your deck. Wood decks usually involve using a natural-bristle brush. Other surfaces may have the stain rolled on or even sprayed on. Talk to your commercial deck waterproofer to find out more about the application process for your deck and chosen stain.
Once the stain has been applied, it generally needs 24 hours at the very least to properly cure, with many other surfaces needing 48 to 72 hours for maximum effectiveness. Once the initial application is complete, certain stains will need regular reapplication or resurfacing to maintain their effectiveness. In general, most stains should last five years or more, but some may last even longer if you take proper care of them. The easiest way to tell how your deck staining is holding up is to see how your deck reacts to water: if the water is being repelled, your stain is still in fairly good shape. If some is being absorbed, you may want to consider having your deck re-stained soon.