Friday, April 01, 2011
Maintenance of Deck Painting Tips in Glenview
Composite deck painting tips in Glenview are an attractive choice because they are relatively easy to maintain. Unlike traditional wood decks, they don’t produce splinters. But there is still some maintenance required to keep even this decking material looking its best. Follow the tips below to keep the floor of your outdoor room in tip-top shape.
If you’re going to be grilling on your deck, put a guard mat under the grill. Not only can the feet of the grill cause scrapes and scratches, but hot coals and grease can potentially ruin composite decking. A flame-resistant guard mat will help protect decking from burns and stains. Make sure the boards of your deck are adequately spaced for ventilation. This is key for discouraging mold and mildew growth in decking. Make sure standing water doesn’t accumulate under your deck. Mold and mildew aren’t the only things that thrive in standing water; it can attract insects and other pests, and can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Be sure to have a good drainage system under your decking, and make sure splash guards and downspouts are directed away from your deck, toward another area of your yard. Composite decking material may be tough, but it can still be scratched by the point of a shovel or another hard object being carelessly dropped or dragged across its surface. You certainly don’t want to remove the snow to reveal a scratched and damaged deck. Patio furniture is another common culprit of scratching—when dragged across nearly any surface, patio furniture can leave marks. Avoid dragging anything along the surface of your deck. A good cleaning regimen for your deck should include clearing all materials off the deck at least once a month, and then hosing down the entire surface. Before using any commercial cleaning product, test it on a small portion so as to be sure it won’t cause stains. If a spill does occur, clean it up as soon as possible. The longer that any liquid sits, the deeper it is likely to seep into the wood fibers of your composite decking. Mold and mildew can attack both the wood and the plastic in composite decking material. These organisms are two of the biggest threats to a composite deck’s appearance, so be sure to keep your deck free of them.
If you feel you must use a power washer to clean your deck’s surface, be extremely careful, and use lower amounts of pressure. (Ideally, you will keep your deck’s surface clean all year-round, so there will be no need to clean with a power washer.) Keep harsh chemicals, such as paint thinner and bleach, away from your composite deck. Finally, if you do discover a stain, manufacturers recommend that you do not try to remove it with sanding. Instead, call your composite decking provider to learn what they recommend for product-specific stain removal.
Posted on 04/01 at 06:52 AM