Vendor Spotlight: Steve Chapman with Wash My Deck
Each month, we spotlight one of our favorite vendors. While you can always reach out to us to see our complete list of names, categories, and contact information (frequently updated!), these blogs will give you a deeper understanding of who these people and businesses really are. This month, we get to know more about Steve Chapman with Wash My Deck.
What is the best time of year to have a deck cleaned and sealed?
In our area, each season presents its own challenges to decks. Winter- ice and snow, Spring- rain and pollen, Summer- blazing heat to dry the wood, and Fall- rotting, mildew leaves. Spring, Summer and Fall all work. I usually think of the Fall as the last chance to protect the deck for winter. Spring and Summer are a great time to clean, protect, and freshen the deck to enjoy it.
When is sanding a deck necessary?
Sanding has two purposes- safety-wise it removes splinters but aesthetically it makes the deck look better longer. It is the best way after cleaning to prepare a deck for staining. I would sand my deck before every stain or every other seal. (2-3 years)
What does a homeowner need to do before you come out to power wash a home?
The homeowner needs to make sure the water is on, the windows are closed, and cars are parked on the street versus the driveway.
Is it important to keep your deck clear of leaves and snow?
Yes, leaves will rot in place and cause decks to rot. Snow will keep the deck wet which in the winter will cause water to build up in the cracks when they freeze, they expand and cause more cracking and splitting.
It is that time of year when we all want to spend some quality time outside and enjoy our backyard oasis; particularly spend time on our decks. However, most of them are not quite ready for entertaining and need a little TLC. When you’re ready to have your home power washed or want to give your deck a facelift be sure you check out Wash My Deck’s website and give Steve a call at 703-434-9585 to get started.