How to Repair Sun and Moisture Damage on Your Deck

How to Repair Sun and Moisture Damage on Your Deck

Living in California, you can be fairly certain your decking is going to come in contact with two forces of nature: sun and water. Here’s what to know about what they can do to your decking and how qualified exterior painting contractors can help safely repair and remediate problems.

How Sun and Water Can Damage Decking, and What to Do

How Sun Damages Decking

Anytime the sun is out, your deck is being exposed to UV rays. The hotter it gets, the more intense those rays, and the more damage can occur. If you notice wood has been graying in the sun, sun damage is starting to become a problem.

Left unattended, sun-damaged boards will warp, crack, and cup, making that area of your deck unusable. If you notice that, when resting the tip of a screwdriver on the surface of a board, it starts to sink in, sun damage has caused dry rot on your deck.

How Water Damages Decking

Water wears down the structural integrity of wood surfaces over time. In the case of your decking, this deterioration is accelerated if:

  • Decking Is Unsealed or Improperly Sealed: The farther water gets into the wood, the more damage it will do over time. Eventually, the wood will begin to decay, and wood rot can spread to damage more of your decking. If decking is untreated with protective staining and finishes, it’s highly vulnerable to moisture damage. If it happens to rain within the first 48 hours of having deck stain applied, your deck refinishing team will need to attend to your decking again once it dries.

  • Decking Is Often Exposed to Saltwater: Saltwater causes faster deck deterioration and shouldn’t come in contact with decking in large quantities if possible.

You can do a simple test to see if your deck is properly withstanding moisture. Drip a bit of water on it. If the water beads on the surface of the deck and can be easily wiped dry, your deck is properly sealed and protected against moisture. If it seeps in, your seal isn’t performing the way it should, and it needs to be reapplied.

Deck Services for Sun and Moisture Damage

If you’ve noticed the effects of sun damage or moisture deterioration on your deck, decking maintenance can help. We suggest:

  • Pressure Washing: Pressure washing services deep clean to remove the mildew, mold, and other contaminants that can cling to wood in high-moisture areas. Whether or not you have signs of damage, pressure washing is essential prep for any painting or refinishing projects, which should be done every 2-3 years.

  • Wood Rot Repair: Wood rot repair and replacement involves removing rotted boards affected by wet and dry rot from on and underneath your decking. This will prevent wood rot from worsening and spreading. New boards are put in and prepped along with the rest of the surface to get it ready for deck refinishing.

  • Deck Refinishing: Deck refinishing services are necessary to re-fortify your decking against its constant exposure to sunlight, rain, seawater, lake water, and temperature fluctuations. Refinishing involves stripping old, damaged finishes from damaged decking, sanding the surface until it’s smooth and even, and applying fresh paint, stains, and finishes to decking boards.

Check Other Exterior Furnishings

If your home has other exterior wood furnishings like wooden benches, gates, and wooden swings, they can be damaged by sun and water, just like your decking. Natural wood staining can be applied to restore and protect exterior woodworking from premature deterioration

You Can Trust Trico to Protect Your Deck

Trico Painting is ready to tackle deck painting, staining, and refinishing to repair sun damage and moisture intrusion as soon as possible. Our commitment to excellent service, on-the-job safety, and industry compliance means you’ll know what to expect at every step of the process, and your newly refinished deck will be strong, safe, and sturdy for years to come.

Well-versed in the unique challenges of exterior painting for the California climate, Trico Painting is the trusted team for Roseville, CA house painting and HOA painting projects, including deck staining, interior and exterior painting, and carpentry repairs.

Demand only the best for your waterfront decking and exterior woodwork. Protect and preserve the most beautiful, welcoming parts of your property. Contact Trico Painting for your deck refinishing estimate today.