Decks, just like our bodies, cars, and roofs, need regular checkup and maintenance. Depending on the traffic, weathering and surface conditions, the rule of thumb is that every 3-5 years, you will need deck maintenance, inspections and re-coatings if necessary.
The beautiful California Sunshine does breakdown even the strongest and toughest coating after a while. The key to have a long-lasting deck is to re-apply the top protective coat approximately every 5 years. So the elements would never break down to the base coating - the main waterproofing membrane.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DECK MAINTENACE
Plywood and concrete decks often suffer from heat related cracking or moisture issues. Despite Southern California’s low precipitation numbers throughout the year, the risk of mildew, mold, and wood rot is very real. Extremely high summer temperatures exacerbate the problem, causing wood and concrete to expand and contract, which can result in leaks or degeneration over time.
Regular deck resurfacing and maintenance is the key to have a long-lasting deck. We recommend to re-apply the top protective coat approximately every 3 to 5 years, so the elements would never break down to the base coating - the main waterproofing membrane.
Since the traffic and weathering on every deck is different, to determine the need and frequency for deck maintenance, homeowner need to contact a professional deck coating and waterproofing company for regular inspection.
If the deck is left unattended after a long time, the Sun and water will eventually penetrate through the waterproofing membrane and get to the plywood substrate or even the joist and rafters.
These damages are extremely expense to repair. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". This is especially true for deck installation and maintenance.
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