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landslide 07-17-2006 06:17 PM

Treat this??
 
Does this deck need to be weather-proofed or treated somehow? I mean, do the supports need to be treated? If so, what should be used to treat it?

It would be bad if the deck started rotted or something. House is in northeast.

Thanks for your advice.

http://static.flickr.com/53/191902735_301ff1d3d5_b.jpg

manhattan42 07-18-2006 08:05 AM

Treat
 
The deck should be treated with a sealer or stained to prevent wood splitting and cracking and discoloration over its lifespan.

I' m partial to CWF (Clear Wood Finish) by Flood, Wolman's Clear Wood Finish, or semi-transparent exterior stains.

landslide 07-18-2006 08:42 PM

Thanks very much.

Do you mean the deck surface itself should be treated, or the supports underneath (shown in the photo), or both?

manhattan42 07-19-2006 08:40 AM

I treat every bit of exposed deck lumber, but the most critical is the deck surfaces directly exposed to UV light, snow and rain...


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