1How do I restore my deck to its original color?
First, you must clean your old deck by either power washing or using an oxalic acid based cleaner.
2Will the power washer harm or cut into my decking?
Yes, if you are not careful a power washer can cut/scar the deck’s surface especially if the deck is a softwood like cedar or redwood. Hardwoods like Ipe are more forgiving and don’t easily scar. It is best to investigate best practices before power washing a deck. There is an art to power washing a deck without scarring it.
3What will happen to my fence or deck if I choose not to apply a stain?
All wood will grey out over time. A stain with UV blockers will prevent the greying but periodic applications will be required. The frequency of applications will depend on the product and the amount of direct sunlight the area receives.
4Why do all large timbers have cracks in them?
Almost every large solid sawn timber will have cracks or what we refer to as seasoning checks. These cracks occur as a timber dries out and the larger the timber, the larger the cracks will be. This is not a defect and typically has no effect on the timber’s structural integrity.
5What’s the best type of wood to use on an arbor or pergola?
Cedar, Redwood and Douglas Fir are the most common species for timber shade structures. Cedar and Redwood have slightly more decay resistance but Douglas Fir is more structural and is also available in “free of heart centers” which reduces the seasoning checks that occur in all large timbers.
6Will Composite decking still fade over time?
Everything will fade over time but the technology used in most new composite decking product will almost eliminate fading. In other words, they fade so little that the human eye often can’t detect any color change