During the summer months, a terrace or patio often speak to the heart of the business and the favorite place of all to eat, drink and sunbathe or relax under the stars. However, it is less well maintained terrace or patio in the fall end in oblivion and decay. Doctors suspect that the following will be made once a year to get the maximum benefit from more time out of your deck or patio. Note that this works at least two days, and you should be scheduling a time that probably will not excite, stimulate fresh sealant may try to ruin.
Water, sun and mildew, algae and fungi damage the roof. To stop these elements that break with the cover should be cleaned once a year. The first step is the complete removal of all leaves and debris from the surface of the deck or patio. Watch out for cracks between the boards, the leaves are often caught in the middle and begin to rot. It can be cleaned with a thin spatula or similar instrument in this field. Then, repair or replace loose or damaged boards.
Then you have to do a thorough cleaning of the wood itself. The best way to do it, especially if you have a large balcony or a veranda with the use of a pressure washer. These can be purchased at hardware stores (and if you have a deck or patio, it is worth buying). Some people choose to use soap and water to clean the deck, but many prefer a detergent or acid. Although you can use bleach, professional advice against it. When you use bleach, dilute it with half water. used, the type of detergent / acid depends on the preferences, the state of the organism and the type of wood. After making your selection, the first test of the pressure and the cleanest water in the lower deck, then you can adjust accordingly.
After cleaning is finished, wait 24 hours before applying sealer. (Note: If there must have been spent on the deck seal, remove sealant with a stripper, can, and then wait 24 hours to dry). When selecting a sealer, look for the following characteristics: protection against UV rays and mildew and long life.
The two most common and is recommended for sealing a deck or patio, use an airless sprayer or by hand with a brush or roller. Whatever you choose, make sure you apply the sealant in uniform layers, and if you want two layers, a second layer of the first layer is still wet.
In addition to these activities once a year, you have your deck free of animals and insects, water and mildew and structural damage. Try standing water for long periods, an exterminator if you find any damage caused by insects and repair damage to the plate, which is the earliest possible date.