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Old 07-03-2010, 09:48 AM   #1
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Can I tarp over a deck for the winter?

Wanted to poll the group to see whether covering the floor an outdoor (cedar) deck with a tarp over the winter is a good idea? The hope is to protect the stain from having snow sitting on it and melting after a few months.

What we're seeing is after a snow melt, the deck is covered with a layer of dirt (from the melted snow) that is a bit of a chore to clean off each year. Is there any harm in tarping over the deck for 5 or 6 months?

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Old 07-03-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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I wouldn't use a tarp. It will contain the moisture and not allow the cedar to breathe.
Use a better stain product. Sikkens comes to mind. It ain't cheap, but it works.


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