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Power washing a deck is very damaging to the wood. The high pressure can spliter the wood, especially soft wood like cedar. This can damage your deck and cause a fussy looking texture after it dries. To preserve the wood back to it natural appearance, you are better off using a one step process to clean and restore it without using any high pressure washing or harmful chemicals. The LVLP technology method is used on Redwood, ACQ, Mahogany, Cedar, and IPE. It also cleans cedar siding, cedar shakes, gazebos, and fences. This product is natural, organic, non-toxic, environmentally safe, and USDA approved. It is also safe to use around children, pets, swimming pools and plants. This deck care method will bring the wood deck back to its natural tone without damaging the surface.
If you are looking to replace or build a new deck I would recommend using a hard wood such as IPE (aka. Ironwood or Brazilian Hardwood - pronounced "ee-pay"). It is very durable but pricey, so maintaining is differently worth it. IPE wood is a beautiful exotic wood with rich dark brown colors, like a mahogany. It is prized for its stability, durability, strength and natural resistance to decay, wet conditions, and infestation by termites. IPE wood decking is hard, strong and so dense that slivers are not a problem. IPE lumber is almost twice as dense as most woods and up to 5 times harder. It is available in long lengths and relatively easy to season. It has a Class-A Fire Rating, the same rating given to concrete and steel. This wood will have a longer exterior life than other woods.
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In my previous article, "planning for a new deck," I outlined the steps for planning for a new deck. This article takes the process one step further. We'll look at how to get started actually building your deck. By this time, I will assume that you have your building permit in hand, a good set of plans, and a materials list. If you don't have a material list, simply take your plan to your nearest home center or building supply store and have them create one for you. Most lumber yards can actually arrange for delivery of all your materials at one time including all the nails and
screws are you will need. This can be quite handy on large projects or if you don't own a truck or a trailer. The lumber yard will bring all the parts and pieces you will need to build your new deck.
The first place to start, is to set some posts for your deck to rest on. Were I live in
the Northeast, we have to deal with the frost and free cycle of winter. When I
received my building permit, the code officer made sure to point out that all posts
must be secured in country at least 36 inches below the surface of the ground. This
will ensure that when the ground freezes the posts of the deck will not heave. Check
with your local zoning office to find out what your specifications are for setting
Renting a post hole digger makes setting the posts much easier, especially if you
live in an area with a lot of playing or a lot of stone in your soil. I was able to dig a
half a dozen holes in less than an hour. Digging the same number of holes my hand
would've taken me at least half a day so the few dollars I spent on the post hole
digger rental was well worth it.
Next, a port some stoning concrete makes into the holes and set the posts. My plan
called for 4x4 posts. Your plans may be different. After the posts were in and let the
concrete cure according to the directions on the package. I then nailed 2 x 2 joists
to the side of the House and around the perimeter of the deck. I used metal choice
hangers to hang all the internal joists. You can also tell nailed them but metal
choice hangers are stronger and easier to use than trying to toenail large lumber.
There are lots of different types of taking you can use on top of your deck. I choose
simple pressure treated lumber. To attach the deck boards to the joists you can use
either nails or screws. If you use nails, make sure you use special spiral nails. These
help prevent nails from popping. Deck screws are preferable as they are stronger
but they are much more expensive than nails when laying out the decking, it is
easier to let the deck boards run long and trim them down later once the entire deck
surface is finished. When all the deck boards or laid, simply take a circular saw, and
cut all the ends off the deck.
For a finished look, attach a skirt board to the exposed edges of the decking and
over the rim joists. The last thing to do, if needed, would be to add railing, and or
steps. However, these basics should get you started.