Why Should I Power Wash My Deck?

powerwash deckThere are cosmetic and preventative reasons to power wash your deck each year.

Wood that is sitting outside year round is subject to a high level of abuse which can cause greying, rot, and growth of mold, algae,or moss.

We recommend power washing your deck once a year. Spring is usually the best time because this is the time you want to start thinking about using your deck after a cold and snowy winter.

Greying

Greying wood is caused by constant exposure to UV radiation from the sun. The UV rays cause the breakdown of the woods surface fibers. The breakdown of these fibers provides an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow.

By power washing your deck you can remove the surface breakdown and re-stain your deck so that your deck is better protected. If this problem is not addressed, it can turn into structural issues.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew is the green algae that grows on neglected decks. It is common in Connecticut because of the high heat and humidity in the summer and the trees. Some decks never get a chance to dry with the sun.

Not only does mold cause problems cosmetically but can also cause  structural issues. Power wash your deck to remove this surface mold. After the surface mold is removed there are preventative steps that you can take so that mold does not come back:

  1. Sanding down low spots to keep puddles from forming
  2. Adding a few coats of waterproof stain.

Splintering

A deck will begin to splinter when the boards become dry and weathered. Splintering is a
common problem that in most cases be solved very quickly. Splinters are small fibers that can
be very painful if stepped on or rubbed against. A safe and simple solution to splintering is to
remove that thin top layer of the deck boards. By power washing your deck you can remove the
majority of splinters while increasing the look and durability of your deck.

Leave It to the Power washing Professionals

Although there may be a strong urge from the inner DIY’er to do it themselves, without the proper equipment and experience, you can damage your deck. Power washing seems simple, but without experience in power washing you could cause low spots in your deck where mold, mildew, and rotting could occur.

Prestige Power WashingJC Tonnotti & Prestige Power Washing

The Prestige Power Washing team provides quality power washing services to homeowners in Connecticut.

By annually CT power washing and staining you can prevent cosmetic and structural issues form happening.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 866.621.1642, or schedule your appointment in person at our showroom!