New House..Existing Deck..Should I do fall maintenance?

macsterSeptember 11, 2013

Just moved in and I have a little 10x10 deck on the front of an accessory building in the back yard.
The deck looks good to me, but should I do fall maintenance on it?

Found a can of Sikkens Cetol SRD Translucent in the shed. They probably did it recently for the sale of the house.

What do you think?

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annzgw

I'm not familiar with the brand or how to test if the wood needs recoating, but below is a link to a previous discussion of how to use the product.

Here is a link that might be useful: SRD

    Bookmark   September 12, 2013 at 11:49AM
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DeckGirl

Wood looks good but be careful with Sikkens. It is made from Linseed oil which has a tendency to allow mold and mildew to form because of the sugars. So I try to avoid it. It's also a bear to strip off in preparation for a new stain. These are the considerations that many homeowners don't think about when choosing their stain. I prefer petroleum-based products so I get a deep-diving penetrant rather than a surface coating and they are easy to clean and prep for maintenance.

If you stay with the Sikkens....clean for your fall maintenance and reapply to keep your board protected. I am a firm believer in maintaining your wood!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 12:42PM
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