Winterizing Your Deck and Fence
Cedar Decks are rich in color and a natural beauty. They are free of chemicals and preservatives, they contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, decay and voracious insects.
Cedar comes in 4 grades for decking (listed from most expensive and clearest, to least expensive and most knotty):
- Architect Clear – Grade #1
- Custom Clear – Grade #2
- Architect Knotty – Grade #3
- Custom Knotty – Grade #4
Cedar decks require annual power washing and a coat of finish every 3-4 years. To protect the wood’s surface from the weather, apply a clear, water-repellant wood preservative. In order to maintain the wood’s natural color, however, you’ll have to apply a stain. If you do not apply a stain, the cedar wood will eventually weather to a soft, silvery gray.