Hi there I bought a house with a large 3-year old cedar wood deck. It
appears to be very nice and they said it cost a fortune, so I want to
know how to maintain it properly.
Its fading a bleached, do people generally leave this as it is, or
stain it or treat it somehow?
Is cedar wood really resistant to everything as they say it is?
Thanks a lot!
Leave it ,it will turn grey, if you like the color with your house that
is fine. Or you can clean it and use a clear or lightly pigmented
transparent stain to get it to look new again. A neighboor tried alot of
cleaners he found Sherwin Williams the best. For stains and sealers read
Consumer Reports. Do what will look best with your home.
It will darken, get dirty and mold if in shade, and look uneven from sun
and shade but it may be years. Then it will need to be cleaned. There
are many ways to go even grey semi trans parent stain to keep it like it
is . Live with it for now and research it , you have time if the grey is
ok now to you.
In 1973 - I built a home completely of cedar - inside and out. For 30
years - I put absolutely nothing on it. It weather fine except it got
different colors in different places depending on sunlight and rain
exposure. In 2003 - wife got sick of the different colors so we stained
it. Here are pictures of it stained - www.harry.everhart.com
Now after 32 years - the wood is still in good shape.
Dear Roy -
Thanks for the compliment. We were afraid of staining the home after 30
years - we were afraid because we could not go back to "unstain" if we
didn't like it. We called a firm that did restorations. We got a quote
of - the house and barn - for $2500. They pressure washed them - sanded
them - and stained both of them in a week. Here is my info -
Yesteryear Log Restoration Company
Color Honey 2000
Stained Home July 2001
We were happy with the results. They used an oil based stain and did it
all by brush.
We are very happy with the result.
The house is made of two inch thick planks. The barn is made of only one
inch thick planks.
The inside of the house is also cedar - but we never stained or painted
the inside in 32 years.
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