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What is the truth about deck maintenance?

All decks require maintenance.

All decks, like all walking surfaces, require some level of maintenance. You will want to keep your deck free of dirt and debris. Your deck should be kept free of mildew. This is true for all types of decking whether it is wood or a wood plastic composite.

Redwood low-maintenance option.

Redwood is popular for decking because there are a variety of maintnenance options. For a low maintenance option you may let the redwood weather naturally. This is possible with redwood because it has greater dimensional stability than other woods. It is less likely to warp, split or check. Over time, your redwood deck will weather to a natural gray color.

See Naturally Weathered Redwood

Redwood with a protective finish.

A stain or finish can enhance the color of a redwood deck while giving addtional protection to wood. There are a variety of products available. California Redwood Association recommends finishes that contain a water repellent, a mildewcide and ultra violet protection.

See Redwood Exterior Finishes

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