Deck and Porch Care FAQ

It is that time of year again, and before you know it, the annuals will have all been planted.
So before that happens, don’t you want to sit back on the deck and enjoy the hues and fragrance of nature this summer?

This exercise will deff be more enjoyable if your deck has had its proper maintenance already performed

Here are some quick answers to some pertinent questions about spring deck care to help you out.

Q.) The exterior concrete deck I plan to stain is old and porous -How should I best handle this situation ?
A.)  As always, you want to make sure the surface is completely clean and free of any grease or contaminants that could interfere with the adhesion.
To make sure there is not a sealer on the concrete, just sprinkle some water on it. If the water soaks in, that is the indication there is not a sealer on the concrete. Once clean, dry and sound, stain away.

If water beads up, that indicates there is a sealer present and you’ll need to remove it. If not completely removed, your new stain, sealer or coating will likely not adhere, and will be prone to premature failure.


If a deck is already stained, does the stain I put on it have to be the same kind — in other words, is a water-based stain compatible with an oil-based formula?

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