How to Weatherize a Patio Wood Deck

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Wood decks are often used as much as any room within your home, especially during the warmer months of the year. You use them to entertain and relax on, and they add value to your home. So it is important to take care of your wood patio, mostly from the elements. Wind, rain and snow can be very hard on your wood deck but with the right precautions and finishes, your wood deck will last you a very long time.

Step 1

Mix deck brightener as instructed by the manufacturer and apply it with either a mop, sponge, roller or sprayer. The brightener will remove dirt, mildew and sun spots, and works best on cedar and redwood. Dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2

Spray the deck down with a power washer sprayer and brush excess water off with a broom. Allow the deck to dry completely.

Step 3

Add stain sealer to either your hand pump sprayer or power sprayer, according to the instructions that it comes with. Pump sprayers work well for small wood patios, while power sprayers work better for larger patios. You can also apply the stain sealer to the deck by hand with a 1/4-inch nap roller, though applying the stain sealer with a sprayer makes for a more smooth and consistent application.

Step 4

Apply one thin coat of stain sealer to your deck, starting from a place that will not back you into a corner. You need to be able to get out once the stain sealer has been applied. It is important to know that thick coats of sealer don't penetrate your wood patio any better, and they do not dry properly. Thin is best. Allow 48 hours for the stain sealer to dry and cure.

Things You'll Need

  • Deck brightener for cleaning
  • Power sprayer attachment for garden hose
  • Broom
  • Hand-pump sprayer or power sprayer
  • 1/4-inch nap roller cover
  • Regular bristle brush (4 inches)
  • Deck and fence stain sealer and/or finish
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About this Author

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for Demand Studios since March of 2009 and in that time has published over 400 articles.

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