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Is Your Deck Peeling? Here are a Few Possible Reasons

Is Your Deck Peeling? Here are a Few Possible Reasons

A deck is a thing of beauty, but it can become an eyesore if you neglect the maintenance. Tasks like staining and refinishing the deck can make great do-it-yourself projects, but you can quickly become overwhelmed.

If you have invested the time and money to build a deck you need to know some of the underlying causes of deck deterioration so you can keep it safe and looking amazing.

If you finished the deck yourself, your technique could actually be part of the problem. Here are some of the possible reasons why your deck may be in quick need of some refinishing work.

Using the Stain

Sometimes people don’t pay enough attention to the manufacturer’s instructions when they are using stains, paints, and other finishing products. It is easy to think that applying more will offer better protection to the wood surface, but this is actually the wrong approach. It is true that stains help shield the wood from moisture, but they also allow any moisture that is already in the wood to evaporate. If you over-apply the stain, moisture may be trapped in the wood. Eventually this will damage the stain finish, causing it to peel. This can also lead to wood rot, mold and mildew, and more expensive repairs.

Adhesion Problems

Simply put, the adhesive qualities of the stain help it to stick to the wood surface. Let’s assume that the quality of the product is not the issue since you will most likely choose to use the best quality finish for your deck. However, some stains are not suited to outdoor wooden structures, so this is one of the first things to check when buying. Others include:

  • Changes in formulae due to increased government regulations. Some newer products do not have the same impact on air quality, but many do not last as long per application.
  • Not cleaning the wood’s surface. The wood must be cleaned properly before a stain is applied. Anything trapped between the wood and the stain can eventually cause peeling.
  • Poorly weathered wood. The best wood to use for decks is pressure treated lumber or wood that has been allowed to dry out naturally. Dry wood will better absorb the stain making it less likely to peel.
  • Products that do not work together. Be consistent with your wood protection choices. If you use a stain and clear coat that are different brand, don’t be surprised if you notice peeling.

Luckily deck peeling is something that is not difficult to correct. However, it is best to avoid this problem by making the most informed decisions possible the first time. Not only is it easier on your deck, it’s easier on your wallet as well.

We hope these tips have helped you figure out the underlying problem with your peeling deck. If you’re still unsure about how to correct it or if your deck is in need of repairs before summer, call our Oakville, ON office at 905-827-6608. We’ll schedule an appointment for a consultation and begin repairs as soon as winter breaks and spring is noticeably on the way.

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