Staining your wooden deck would be the most appropriate way of preserving its condition against all type of weather that would definitely batter it throughout the year. A deck without this solution would easily succumb to the gradual yet devastating effects of rain, heat, and cold. Applying the stain on the wooden material is quite easy and can be done in a matter of few minutes or depending on the area that requires painting job. This can be done by any homeowner as it does not require any set of skills and experience at all.
However, coating the deck should not be done at any given day and times as there are things that should be considered in order to ensure the efficacy and success of your project. Make sure that all things to be considered are taken note of and that the common mistakes should be avoided to ensure proper rendering of the stain all over the area.
•Clean Deck – it is a pre-requisite job to make sure that the deck is clean of anything that can cause an uneven surface in case you have painted or stained it with your preferred solution. Use a quality broom to get the job done as this cleaning tool can get to the joints of the board which can be quite hard to reach and it is the part where dirt and debris usually settles in.
•Sand – in order to smoothen up and even the surface of the deck, you should use sandpaper to sand the wooden material. This is commonly done prior to painting and staining works as it helps prepare the wood for proper absorption and sealing purposes. In most cases, a coarser type of sandpaper is used for the starting process of the project. As you near the finishing part of the job, you can shift to a finer type of sandpaper for the last course. Make sure that the surface is smooth and is ready for the painting job before you stop with the work.
•Perfect Time – do not apply the stain during the heat or hottest part of the day as your staining solution would not properly penetrate on the wooden material. Aside from the scorching heat of the sun on your skin, this would leave a negative effect on your project which will not be good for the visual appeal and protection of deck. Working early in the morning or late in the afternoon with the staining job would be the best time of the day for this to be accomplished.
•Brush – a good brush with firm bristle should be utilized in order to properly distribute the solution on the entire surface of the deck. The best method is by starting at the top part of the deck going down and out to the exit of the structure in order to avoid touching and destroying the finished part of the deck.
•Let Dry – after you are through, settle for a while in order to let the solution dry before you inspect your work. Through this you will know whether improvement is required or your project was a success.
A pergola is great for adding shade While still being able to have a full view of the great sky above. A good pergola can be a great added value to your current outdoor area. One of the nice things about pergolas is the added bonus of providing a great framework for plants that like to climb. By adding vines that bloom you get a great look with the added scent of the flowers in the air. Decks are great to add pergolas to it allows you to use the deck even in the scorching hot sun. Not to mention adding one to a deck can really add to the value of your home.
Choosing a location is essential in really making it blend in and add to the look of your yard. The biggest thing is if you are going to add a free standing structure is, is the new pergola going to be in a convenient area? One of the best uses is adding this to an already existing structure. Adding to a deck can really add to the usefulness of your existing deck. No longer is your deck something you use when it gets cool out. We can build a great looking pergola to fit on any deck and blend in with the existing look and feel. Even if you have a patio adding a pergola can greatly increase the ability to use this during the afternoon.
A couple of great plants that like to climb are:
Ultimately the right design choice for you is going to be what you are looking to get out of your pergola. No matter what your choice is we can help you make this dream come true. Or if you want one but do not know what kind of pergola would be best give us a call. We can sit down and go through all the options together.