If you’re like most homeowners in Massachusetts, you spend countless hours on your deck during the summer months soaking up the sun’s invigorating rays. But that sunlight, along with moisture, foot traffic, and wood-boring pests can take a toll on your once beautiful deck. Warped, cracked, split, cupped and loose boards combine to create a sinister recipe for injurious falls. At Seal-a-Deck, our reliable deck check-up and restoration services are designed to target several problematic deck areas before a disaster strikes, starting with these.
Your Massachusetts home’s wood deck has two types of deck posts- rail posts and support posts. The rail posts are used to anchor the railings and balusters, while the support posts, as the name implies, hold up your entire structure. But the wood that comprises your posts, which is usually pressure-treated pine or cedar, takes an annual beating from damaging forces including wind, moisture, sunlight and wood-boring insects.
Deck rail lighting enhances the appearance of your deck at night, illuminating architectural details like posts and balusters and creating a soft, glowing ambiance. Outdoor floodlights can cast unattractive shadows and shine brightly into your eyes, making it harder to see. The ambient light of deck rail lighting is gentler on the eyes and directs the light exactly where it’s needed. A well-thought-out lighting plan for your deck can work together with other outdoor lighting to create a beautiful and inviting backyard both day and night.
If properly maintained, a wood deck in Massachusetts should last for 15 to 20 years, depending upon the material and environmental forces it’s exposed to. In addition to an annual power washing and re-staining/resealing, the lifespan of your home’s wood deck can be extended by conducting yearly check-ups and repairs. A DIY repair job works well only if you know what you’re doing and have a lot of free time on those warm, sunny weekends.