Weather Beaten Deck? 5 Tips to Save Your Deck against the Worst of Climatic Changes
Do you have concrete decking that has seen better days? If you have a sun damaged and weathered deck, you actually have a number of problems to solve and may think that the decking is beyond repair. While your decking may have faded, cracked and dulled to a shade of grey, it is possible to save or ‘revive’ your deck. Here are five ways to save your decking against the worst climatic changes.
#1. Use A Deck Wash And Brightener
If you are wondering why your decking is dull, stained and discolored, you may be surprised to learn that concrete is porous unless sealant is regularly applied. You should begin by using a deck wash and brightener to clean your deck. Use a garden sprayer to spray this on and then scrub it with a broom. After 15 minutes, rinse off the solution and get ready to be amazed. Most deck washes will remove dirt, grime, moss and algae to restore concrete back to its original color.
#2. Use A Pressure Washer
Deck wash works great but does its job even better if you use a pressure washer. Use a pressure washer and a degreasing agent if you have one to restore any concrete deck back to its original appearance. You’ll probably need to complete this process twice but you’ll be astounded at how much better the decking looks after you pressure wash it. If you want your deck to look fabulous, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to do this for you.
#3. Fill The Cracks
You can permanently repair cracks in concrete decks with crack repair kits such as CrackWeld. It’s advisable to complete the above two stages first as it make the job of identifying cracks far easier and the results will last longer. You can repair almost all cracks to their full depth and manufacturers of repair kits claim that their products are stronger than concrete.
#4. Apply Concrete Deck Sealant
If your driveway is discolored and worn, it has likely never been sealed. Concrete absorbs moisture along with any dirt or contaminants and discolors accordingly. After cleaning your deck with deck wash and a pressure washer, the concrete may be back to its original color. If not, you may wish to have the decking stained or etched in a different color for cosmetic reasons. Once complete, you can seal your deck with a deck sealer to protect it from the elements. This will last for between one and two years, after which time it should be resealed.
#5. Resurface Your Concrete
When all else fails, you could always try concrete resurfacing instead. The latest range of polymer resins can be colored, stamped or pressed to resemble anything from marble to natural stone. These give your decking an ‘as-new’ appearance for a fraction of the cost of replacing the concrete.
These five tips should help anyone protect their deck from the elements. What do you think of our tips? Leave us a comment or question below!