When it comes to redwood decking, you’re combining natural strong wood with unique beauty in each board. Whether you’re looking to keep the color as it is when new or looking for a softer color, you have options.
If you leave the deck unfinished, the Humboldt Redwood decking rich color will change into a soft grey patina that blends well with any outdoor décor. If you live somewhere humid, you’ll likely end up with a dark wood first that will be rinsed away by the rain and eventually lighten. On the flip side, if your deck is protected from the elements, your deck may stay dark. If you live somewhere that is particularly dry, your redwood may not darken and instead may turn a silvery tan color that lightens over time. Either way, if the rustic look is your style, this no-maintenance option is right up your alley. Just allow your deck to weather naturally.
If bold is more your style and you want to keep the original color, finishing your structure is the way to go. By adding a protective sealant, you can not
only extend the life of your deck, but also accentuate the natural wood’s characteristics. It’s important to note that unlike your composite and PVC decking, each board of redwood decking is unique. Each board will start out with its own look and depending on the elements and the layout of your outdoor living space, decking on the west end of your home will likely differ in look on the east.
If you want a colored deck that will still last the test of times, you can add layers of deck paint and stain options with countless color combinations.
When it comes to cleaning your deck, you can do so in just a few steps. On the day-to-day, you can use a hose to spray off surface debris as they build up. Should rinsing not move the gunk, you can take a stiff brush and scrub the area with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent.
Regardless of what route is right for you, you’ll want to refinish the wood every few years to keep your deck looking new day after day. To do so, you can either start with a power washer or with varnish or paint remover; both sides have their pros and cons.
Power washing, while quick and effective, can damage the fibers of the boards if you use the wrong setting. You want it to be strong enough to get off the sealant, but not so strong you cut it to the core.
Should you decide the varnish or remover process is the way to go, be sure to test a piece of new, clean board first. This will let you see if any discoloration occurs before you refinish the entire deck.
All-in-all, there are loads of videos on YouTube to help you decide what finish is right for you, as well as what the best upkeep and refinishing plan will work best. We’re here to help should you have any decking questions or check out www.getredwood.com today!