Asheville Pressure Washing

Asheville Deck Pressure Washing

After pressure cleaning my wood deck what do I do to treat it? How to Apply Sealant to my Deck? Sealing My Deck?

by Craig Cox

After thoroughly pressure washing the wood deck, the sealing treatment is very simple. It is now time to let the deck thoroughly dry for 24-36 hours during warm months and longer with cooler temperatures.

With dry wood and a clear forecast for the next day, you are ready to apply a wood sealant. You donít want your new sealant to get wet until it has cured for at least 24 hours. You can brush, roll, or spray a clear sealant on your deck. It is advisable that first-time sealers should roll on the sealant, as this is the easiest way to get a good even coat and not make a big mess. I prefer to spray on the sealant, but brush it back with a 4-inch paintbrush to fully penetrate the wood. Apply an even coat fully saturating the wood for the best protection.

Please follow the directions of the product closely as many products exist in water-based to oil-based formulas. I only use water-based formulas because they are easier, more environmentally friendly, and less messy to clean up. They also do an equally great job to their oil-based cousin. Count on using at least 1 gallon of sealant for every 300-400 sq. feet of decking. That means the average sized deck would use around 2 gallons. Very dry older lumber will use double this amount of sealant as it soaks it in like a sponge.

Featured Tip:Be careful to not allow any traffic on the deck for at least 24-48 hours, sometimes much longer. If the wood is tacky to the touch it is not ready to be walked on.

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