If your wood deck is too damaged or deteriorated for restoration to be a worthwhile investment but it still has a solid, sound structure, reDecking is a more cost-effective option.
Often, even the most deteriorated wood decks still have a sound substructure, and the reDecking process can renovate a deck to avoid tearing it down. SEAL-A-DECK professionals begin by removing all of the worn out decking and railing, and then replacing it with new premium decking materials. There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance requirements. Options include pressure treated pine (best value), cedar, mahogany, and ipe (hardest, most durable wood). Sign up for one of our maintenance plans as part of your service, and we will a provide a worry-free, lifetime warranty.
Most pressure-treated decking is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs. The downside of pressure-treated lumber is that it has a tendency to crack, split and warp. Routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck. This will include an annual power washing and an application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years. Pressure-treated lumber can last for decades.
Cedar is a beautiful wood that is mainly used for fences and sometimes decks in exterior wood use. To maintain the wood’s natural color, however, you’ll have to apply a stain. If you don’t apply a stain, it will eventually weather to a soft silvery gray. To protect the wood’s surface from the weather and reduce splintering, a clear, water-repellent wood preservative is recommended annually. It has a life of 15-20 years.
Mahogany is a tight-grained tropical hardwood that resists pests and rot. mahogany decking for its hardness, rich color, tight grain, and knot-free appearance. It naturally resists rot and does not splinter, especially if treated with a good penetrating oil. To maintain its rich color, it should be treated with a penetrating oil finish within the first few weeks of installation and again annually. A mahogany deck can last 25 years or more.
Ipe (pronounced “e-pay”) is a very dense and oily hardwood from South America. Generally, its color is a deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. Due to the wood’s fine texture and interlocking grain, ipe offers superior slip resistance. It is the hardest, most expensive, and most stable decking material. It’s naturally resistant to rot and decay. To maintain its rich appearance, ipe must be sealed every year. It can last 25 years or more.
Composites are composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic. They’re extremely low-maintenance and never need to be sanded, refinished or stained. However, they aren’t maintenance-free and should be power washed annually. Mold and mildew can grow in shady, damp areas of the deck, and some composites can eventually show signs of decay, as they are partly wood. Composites are more expensive and heavier than most woods. Premium composite comes with a 25-year warranty.
If you are looking for decking that requires minimal maintenance, PVC decking may be the right choice for you. PVC decking is composed of polyvinyl chloride and contains no wood. PVC provides significant fade and stain resistance and lower maintenance requirements compared to other products, but it is one of the more expensive options for decking. Although PVC decking will resist scratches, stains, and mold, it will show some wear over the life of the product. We recommend that your deck be pressure washed annually to rid the surface of dust, dirt, and other airborne pollutants. PVC decks typically come with 50-year to lifetime warranties.
Prior to calling to Seal A Deck, I thought that my deck may have to be replaced in order to ever look the way I wanted it to. Two days of work later my deck looks incredible. It is seriously beautiful and I am so happy with the result. All of the employees we dealt with were extremely helpful in answering all of our many questions. The gentleman that did all of the cleaning, treating and staining of our deck was professional and just did an amazing and thorough job with our deck. We really appreciated his hard work!