How to make your wooden deck last - Tips from a top paint contractor


We all have images in our minds of long summer days spent lazing on the deck! But what do you do when your deck doesn’t quite match up to the one in your dreams?

Exposed to the elements day in and day out, your deck faces countless hours of sun, water, wind, and possibly even ice and snow. This very quickly leads to it deteriorating and fading, and in particularly bad cases, even rotting!

So how do you make your wooden deck last? Look at these top tips:

1.   Keep it Clean:

The simplest thing you can do to make your wooden deck last is to keep it clean. Sweep up dirt and leaves before they scratch the finish or leave stains. Gently hose off your deck with plain water to get rid of accumulated grime.

2.   Be careful:

If you’re going to clean your deck be sure to carefully lift furniture and planters, instead of dragging them out of the way. Scuff marks, scratches, and gouges may let moisture into the wood. This can cause the finish to start lifting and peeling prematurely. On that note, if you’ve got a grill on your deck, always use a grease catcher underneath to prevent grease dripping directly onto the wood and stripping away the sealant’s properties.

3.   Choosing the right stain:

With Oklahoma’s extreme temperatures, making sure you’ve got the right kind of stain to protect your wood is important if you want your deck to last. It’s crucial to use a high-quality stain for maximum protection to ensure your deck can withstand the elements for years to come.

4.   Repair it:

Don’t ignore problems. As soon as you identify one, fix it as quickly as possible to prevent larger problems further down the line. Replacing one rotted board, for instance, will prevent the rot from spreading throughout your deck.

5.   Maintain it:

Deck maintenance is no different to home maintenance – do it regularly and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. Of course, the type of wood that was originally used when your deck was constructed, as well as your local climate, will influence how often you need to wash, re-stain or completely refinish your deck. A good idea is to have your deck professionally checked, cleaned and sealed every two to three years for long-lasting protection.

6. Professional paint contractor

At Ray the Painter, we offer both fence and deck staining, as well as light carpentry services. As experienced house painters, we’ve come to realize that light carpentry repairs are sometimes necessary before the paintwork itself can begin. In fact, we’ll even replace any rotten wood we encounter while working on your home.


So, whether you’re looking for a painting contractor that specializes in deck maintenance and exterior house painting or whether you’d like a full painting service, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.