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 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
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