Wood is popular in many New York homes. We use wood on our decks, fences and outdoor furniture. It looks good and it's durable but it needs the proper protection.

Here are some things to consider when picking out the right coating for your outdoor wood projects in New York.

Horizontal or Vertical Surface?

One of the first things to think about it, are you protecting a flat surface or a vertical one? Horizontal surfaces get more wear and tear, so pick a coating that will match the kind of exposure that the wood on your deck will get. This is important when it comes to keeping your deck protected for the long haul.

Addressing Problem Areas

Before you start, look around for potential problem areas. Taking care of this early will ensure that your hard work won't be in vain.

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Consider a Penetrating Finish

Think about getting a wood protection product that will keep the weather wear away. This will also make your deck more stable while protecting it at the same time. It's a win-win for your outdoor wood.

Picking the Right Color

Pick a brand that will give you many color choices. The right color can make all the difference that will enhance the beauty of your wood.

Proper Wood Preparation

Prepare your wood properly for the best results. Clean it, sand it, and paint multiple coats of stain to bring out the beauty of the wood. This will improve the appearance and help to keep the wood lasting longer. That will also mean less work on your deck in the long run.

Keep an Eye on Maintenance

Here's something else to keep in mind. Taking proper care of the wood surface will save you time and money because it's cheaper than starting from scratch. Every now and then take a look at the wood for signs of wear and tear so you can take care of the problem before it becomes too bad.

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