How Often Should You Refinish A Wood Deck?

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A deck is a great way to expand your living space outdoors. Keeping the finish in good condition not only ensures its beauty, but it can also extend the life of the structure.

Over time, various natural elements such as the sun, rain, and fluctuating temperatures can cause your deck finish to deteriorate, and the boards and structure to warp, cup, splinter and crack.

Most wood decks should be resealed every 3-4 years. To determine if your wood deck needs to be refinished, simply sprinkle some water and wait to see if it is absorbed quickly or beads. If absorbed, it’s time to refinish. If it beads, perform another status check in 6 months.

The benefits of refinishing your deck are tremendous. Refinishing your deck means that you will apply a protective layer of sealant to the wood. This will ensure that moisture does not penetrate into the grain of the wood or the cracks. The sealant will help prevent the formation of mildew and cracks or warping. Additionally, refinishing the deck will help to restore the color of the wood in areas where it has faded. Moreover, re-staining the wood will help bring out the grain/color and ensure that your deck looks great.

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