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Wood Deck Care and Maintenance Tips From Precision Fence Company of Long Island 

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Proper ventilation is a must to prevent moisture buildup.

Standing or trapped water can lead to premature wood damage. Gaps between boards must be cleared out and free from dirt, debris and twigs so that the water can drain freely. Air flow is imperative in, and around, your deck. If your deck is over 24" high, make sure air can enter from the sides.

Protecting your deck from water stains.

Adequate drainage is needed for potted plants. Therefore drain holes are located at the bottom of most pots. Setting the pot or planter on the deck surface will leave a stain and may start wood decay in that area. Moisture never has a chance to evaporate between the deck and planter. For large plants use a few cedar or treated 2x2's to separate the planter from the deck. Deck stand-offs can be used not only for planters, they can also be used for umbrella stands or other flat heavy objects of any size. Deck standoffs are small decks that are made out of cedar or treated pine.

Using your deck over winter.

Many deck owners like to use their barbecues and hot tubs during the winter. To make safe passage across your deck after a snowfall it may be necessary to shovel a path through the snow. To protect your deck, use a PLASTIC SNOW SHOVEL. Shovel (along) the board's lengthwise. A steel shovel may get caught, damaging the wood. If possible remove the shoveled snow from the deck completely. Avoid using salt or ice melters. These products will leave a residue and may discolor or damage some coatings.