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Even if you apply a water-resistant stain to your deck, rain and snow can eventually cause moisture damage to the wood if the puddle or pile up on the deck. During the wintertime, it is particularly important that you go outside and clear your deck after a snowstorm passes through. The longer you wait to clear off snow, the greater the chance that moisture will penetrate the stain and warp the wood decking. In this short video clip, you will learn how to properly remove snow from your deck.
If you’ve let one too many Chicago winters get the best of your wood or composite deck, contact Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks today. Based in Wilmette, we are experienced in both deck repair and deck restoration. Visit our website to learn more about our deck restoration services, or call us at (224) 217-9242 to schedule a consultation today.
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If your wood deck is starting to look its age, you may be surprised to learn how easy it is to restore its natural beauty. A few coats of stain can refresh the look of your entire deck, making it look as good as it did the day it was installed. And the best news is that deck staining can easily be accomplished by a novice do-it-yourselfer in a weekend or two. To help you restore your wood deck, here are some staining tips from your friends at Bob Jaacks Rustin Wood Fencing & Decks.
Clean Your Deck
Before you get started, remove everything from your deck and sweep the entire area to remove leaves, twigs, needles, and debris on the surface and lodged between the boards. Next, wash the deck thoroughly with a deck detergent. Use a stiff bristled broom or brush to remove mildew stains, stubborn dirt, and grime from your deck before you apply the stain.
Inspect the Wood
Once the deck is clean and dry, examine the condition of the wood. While staining can help refresh the look of your deck, it won’t help to stain boards that are damaged or highly worn. If any of the boards are splintered, loose, or raised, have them repaired or replaced before staining. And if the structural integrity of your deck is questionable, bring in a contractor to inspect your deck before proceeding.
Apply the Stain
Once everything checks out, it’s time to apply the stain. Start by testing the stain on a small area to make certain the color is the one you want. When you have found a stain that you like, use a bristle brush to apply a heavy coating to the open-end grain of the boards. Then brush two to three boards from one end to the other in long, smooth strokes to avoid lap marks and uneven areas. Let the deck dry for at least three days before returning the furniture and putting it back into service.
If your deck is beyond staining, contact Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks of Wilmette, IL. For over 45 years, we have been the Chicagoland’s premier deck designer and builder. Visit our website to learn more about wood fencing and deck services, or call us at (224) 217-9242 with any questions.
Last updated 29 days ago
Winter is a mix of good and bad. The good, as far as most people are concerned, has already passed in the form of that first, exciting snow melting and beloved guests departing after the festive holiday season. The bad, namely the frigid temperatures and biting wind coming off of the lake, are here to stay for a while yet. Instead of waiting impatiently for spring to arrive, you can spend your weekends carrying out maintenance and home improvement projects that will make life easier once the warmer weather arrives, such as winterizing your deck.
The primary reason to winterize a deck is to keep it in a state of good repair throughout the winter, and all other reasons to do so can be linked to the deck’s condition in one way or another. Without being thoroughly cleaned and refinished before the cold sets in, a wooden deck is more susceptible to deterioration at the hand of Mother Nature. Winterizing your deck is a form of protection that promotes durability and longevity.
Depending on the type of deck you have, failing to winterize it could leave you with a wet, rotting mess by the time those April showers end. Applying a reliable water-repellent finish can help your deck stave off weather-related damage, but it is important that your deck is thoroughly clean and dry before this type of seal is applied. Take the steps necessary for proper deck winterization, and your deck will look as beautiful when spring arrives as it did last summer.
By preserving the integrity and aesthetic appeal of a deck, winterization helps a homeowner maximize the value that he or she gets from the deck. To get the most from a freshly installed deck, power wash, seal, and fully winterize your deck each fall.
While Chicago’s erratic autumn weather makes winterizing your deck in October or November the best-case scenario for your deck, it is may not be too late to spare your deck from most of winter’s harm. If a quick look at your deck tells you otherwise and you think you will need to invest in a new cedar or composite deck to enjoy once spring arrives, call Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks of Wilmette at (224) 217-9242.
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Wood fencing is beautiful and durable, but it is not the right fencing option for every homeowner. For those who are tired of giving a traditional wood fence the maintenance care that it needs, vinyl is an exceptional alternative.
Aesthetically pleasing, some vinyl fencing options are designed to look just like real wood. The vinyl fencing we offer comes in heights ranging from 4 to 6 feet, as well as a range of designs. The PVC vinyl that we use is maintenance-free and highly durable, capable of weathering even Chicago’s harshest winters. Regardless of whether you are looking to build a privacy fence, a security fence, or a decorative fence, we’ve got a vinyl option that can satisfactorily meet your needs.
Are you a resident of Glenview, Niles, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove or somewhere else in the Chicago area who is interested in speaking with a vinyl fencing contractor about replacing your home’s old fence? To have your questions answered or to get started on your new vinyl fence construction project today, call Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks at (224) 217-9242.
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Pressure washing your deck will remove dirt, grime, and other unwelcome elements from the wood or composite material from which it is constructed. For some handy tips that will help you pressure wash your Chicagoland home’s deck like a professional, watch this brief video demonstration.
Included in this video is a lesson on the importance of spraying water parallel to the grain rather than perpendicular to it. Also important is the consistent movement of the pressure stream, as stopping in one place can result in what the professionals call “cut” marks.
Most professionals recommend pressure washing your deck at least once a year, usually as part of the winterization process. If a few years without power washing have caused your deck to deteriorate into a state of unsightliness or ill repair and you’d like to start new this coming spring, call Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks at (224) 217-9242 to speak with an experienced contractor about custom designing a deck for your Chicago home.