Build the deck that's right for you. Decks and fences add additional living space, beautify your yard and add value to your home. But before you go shopping for the materials to build your deck or fence, there are four things that need to be considered: price, aesthetic, lifestyle and maintenance.
Choosing the Best Decking Material
Before starting any building project check with your municipal office for local building codes, regulations and zoning restrictions.
|Decks made of pressure-treated wood can last up to 40 years. To maintain your deck, wash it annually with a detergent to remove dirt, moss, algae and mould. A pressure washer is also a fast and easy way to clean your deck. Once your deck has completely dried, apply a clear sealant. This will help to prevent against splintering and discolouration caused by moisture.|
Western Red Cedar
To maintain your cedar deck, wash it annually with a mild detergent and water. Never use a pressure washer on your cedar deck. Although cedar is durable, it's still a softwood and can be damaged by a pressure washer.
Periodic washing with soap and water is necessary to remove surface dirt and chalk that accumulate on the surface. This will also prevent the build-up of pollen and debris that can cause mould and mildew growth. Pressure washers should be used for wetting and rinsing only and not to “blast off” soiling agents; attempting to do so can drive the dirt deeper into the material. Test on an inconspicuous area before washing the entire deck.
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