Restoration & Revival Before Winter
Your exterior wood surfaces are under constant
onslaught. In the summer they are exposed to intense ultraviolet rays,
sweltering humidity and pounding rain. In the winter they are forced to contract by cold temperatures and low moisture
content in the air. Unless you take the initiative by treating your wood in the
autumn, you can look forward to cracking, warping and blistering which will not
do any favors to your property value.
Here is what you can do to your exterior wood
surfaces to prepare them for winter weather!
Your Exterior Wood Surfaces With A High Quality Wood Cleaner
You wouldn't apply protective wax to a car
before you have washed it. Likewise, before you even think of applying a
protective treatment to a wood surface, you must first ensure that it is nice
and clean. A thorough scrub with a quality wood cleaner will remove any grime
which would have prevented treatment from permeating the wood. While you are cleaning
your deck, make certain that the gaps between the boards are free and clear of
dirt. This will allow meltwater to drain safely away from your deck instead of
pooling on top of it.
Stain or Sealant to Your Exterior Wood Surfaces
It is inadvisable to apply treatment to a new pressure-treated wood
deck. This is because pressure-treated lumber is infused with preservatives
that require time to dry. If those chemicals are trapped beneath a finish, they
will lift that finish clean off as they evaporate.
Selecting the correct stain or sealant for
autumn exterior wood restoration is quite straightforward now that you have
discovered Lovitt's Coatings. Our log home and deck stains are formulated to penetrate deeply
into wood surfaces and imbue them with superior protection against water and
sunlight. Our products are furthermore designed to enhance the clarity and natural
beauty of most woods' grain patterns. And if you would like a versatile
treatment which is just as suitable for preserving wood siding as it is fences
and outbuildings, our VOC-free wood preservative makes the ideal solution.
Wood Restoration Tips
Whichever treatment you select,
make certain it is one which makes the wood waterproof. Doing so will protect
the wood against fungus and mold colonization while preserving the wood's
ability to breathe.
Apply treatment during the autumn
so it has sufficient time to dry before winter weather arrives.
Not sure how frequently you should
reapply a stain or sealant? Consult the product label before you throw away the
packaging, or consult the manufacturer.
Do not be afraid to apply stain or
sealant liberally, as that ensures it will seep into every crevice which needs
Wood treatments gradually break
down. If you are staining or sealing a deck or other surface that has
previously been treated, sand off any remaining coating before applying a new
Under no circumstances should you
ever place rock salt on your wood deck. It contains sodium chloride, a chemical which accelerates
corrosion of wood by absorbing moisture from it.
Selecting the best wood stain or wood sealer
for your home, deck or furniture requires taking a few factors into
consideration, including the type of wood you are treating and the extent to
which it is exposed to the elements. If you would like any technical advice
before committing to a product, the friendly and knowledgeable team at Lovitt's
Coatings is happy to provide it free of charge. We welcome you to contact us today!