How to Keep Your Wood Deck Looking Good

AFTERA wood deck can last for years if properly cared for, on the other hand it can also deteriorate very quickly if it is not properly taken care of.  If you take care of your deck it will last a long time and also look good.  Taking the time to follow a few simple preventive tips to wood deck care will also help cut down an the maintenance required too.

Wood decks take a lot of abuse year round.  Winter snow and ice accumulation can rot and warp your deck.  Fall can bring dead leaves accumulating on the deck surface trapping water and dirt that will also cause rot.  Summertime brings harsh UV rays for the sun that can cause the wood to dry out and fade.  Spring rains can bring rain water pooling up causing rot and mold growth.

Wood Deck Tips

1).  The most important thing is to NOT trap dirt.  Keep your wood deck free from dirt by sweeping it regularly.  Clean under pot and planters.

2).  If you have a grill on your deck you should remove the grease from the deck surface.  Grease stains are hard to remove so it is a good idea to just keep it off of your deck.  You a grease catcher.

3). Regular sweeping will prevent leaves and dirt accumulation.

4). Keep you deck sealed.  Reseal your deck every two to three years.

5).  During winter it is important to keep your deck shoveled even if it is not in use.  Keeping wet snow and ice off your deck will help it last longer.

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Inspect and Repair Your Deck

Doing a yearly inspection and any repairs of your deck will help keep it safe and cut down on repair bills later.  Find a time when the weather is good and take a close look at your deck, railings, and fencing before the weather gets too cold to repair or stain if needed.

Doing Your Inspection

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It is important to pay special attention to any parts of your deck that is close to the ground or any areas of moisture accumulation.  Any area that is within six inches of the ground should be looked at close.  Look at areas around planters, downspouts, or low laying areas that can accumulate water during rains or may just have standing water.  These areas are more prone to rot your wood decking and fencing.

TIP:  Always clean off leaves from your deck.  Leaves accumulating on your deck will cause moisture to get trapped and will promote wood rot.

Cut any trees or shrubs that are on or around your deck.  Allow for enough area for air to circulate so mold and algae do not build up on your deck or siding.  Keep grass trim around your deck so moisture does not accumulate.

 Check Structural Members

Check all the structural members of your deck for wood rot.  Check all the the deck stairs and the stringers meet the ground.  The stringers are the saw-tooth notched piece that supports the steps.  You should also check the perimeter post too.  You can use a screwdriver to check for rotted wood boards on your deck.  If you can push the screwdriver into the wood a quarter inch or more than you probably have rot.

Areas of rot that are small about the size of a coin can be removed with a chisel and treated with a wood preservative.  If the rot is a larger area than the structural member must be replaced.  If you cannot do this yourself it would be a good idea to hire a handyman or contractor to do the job properly.

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Inspecting the Deck Ledger

The ledger is a very important piece of your deck and should be inspected carefully.  The ledger is the part that attaches to the house.  Get a flashlight and inspect the underneath  and around the ledger.  The ledger should be attached with lag screws and nails.  Check the flashing to make sure it is free of rust and holes.  The flashing is the metal cap that covers the top of the ledger and prevents moisture from getting behind the siding.  A badly damaged ledger can cause a deck to collapse so it is a good idea to inspect your deck every year for rot.

Check the posts, beams, and remaining joists.  Check all the hardware underneath paying special attention to the joists hangers.  Replace any hardware that is extremely rusted.  Any signs of rot it is a good idea to call a professional to make the repairs.

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Cracks or Rotted Decking

If you find rotted deck boards you should replace it.  Cracking boards will get worse over time.  Large cracks should be replaced.

Deck Railings

Check the deck railings for loose posts or rot damage.  Try shaking the posts to make sure they are sturdy.  Look for any cracks that may have formed around the hardware including screws or nails.

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Central Iowa Fencing Chooses Ameristar Fence Products

Central Iowa Fencing chooses Ameristar has one of its providers of high quality fencing products.

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  • Residential Fencing
  • Commercial Fencing
  • Industrial Fence
  • Security Fencing
  • Gates

 Ameristar Commercial Fencing

Ameristar’s decorative steel, ornamental aluminum, and welded steel fencing provides security, beauty, and quality to your business.  Ameristar commercial fencing is perfect for schools, Self Storage, Municipal, apartments, assisted living, and other Institutions.

Ameristar Residential Fencing

Ameristar manufactures ornamental mental fencing and gates for residential use.  Ameristar high quality and maintenance free coatings make is a great choice of homeowners.  Ameristar’s residential fencing solutions are perfect for pet containment, pool fencing, backyard fencing, or estate fencing.  These high quality fencing will last the homeowner for years with virtually no up-keep.  Ameristar has the industries strongest aluminum fencing.

Ameristar Industrial Fencing

Ameristar’s durable coatings have set the industries standards for quality and long product life and is still recognized as some of the strongest fenceing for industry.  Thses industrial fencing solutions are perfect for Parks and recreation, Retail Outlets, Manufacturing plants, or public housing.

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Central Iowa Installs Ameristar Security Fencing

Ameristar Security Fencing

Ameristar produces high quality security fencing solutions like anti-ram barriers, high security fences, and anti-climb fences.  These high quality fences can be sued by federal and military, Power Utilities, data center, and more.

How Can Central Iowa Fencing Help You?

Central Iowa Fencing installs high quality gates, railings, decking, and fencing solutions in the Central Iowa area for homeowners, businesses, and schools.  We have the fence solution for you and our experts craftsman will provide quality installation and superior customer service.

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Master Halco Fencing – Installed by Central Iowa Fencing

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Master Halco Fencing Products

Central Iowa Fencing offers quality Master Halco fencing solutions for businesses and homeowners in the Central Iowa area.  Master Halco is one of America’s leading manufacturers of high quality fencing materials and the top choice for professional contractors, like Central Iowa Fencing.  Master Halco offers a full line of fencing products prefect for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, or high security applications.

Central Iowa Fencing installs Master Halco fences and gates in wood, vinyl, ornamental, and chain-link.

Central Iowa Fencing also uses Master Halco Post Master fence post system.

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Post Master fence posts are a great option when have your fence installed and will last for years under harsh weather while out performing wood.  Post Master fence post will give your wood fence the strength of steel.

 

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Cedar Planter Boxes – Add Color to Your Home

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Cedar Planters Made from 100% Recycled Wood

Add a splash of color and beautify any space with a beautiful planter box full of colorful blooming flowers.  Do you want delicious fresh herbs for your cooking?  Plant a mini herb garden in a large garden planter box.

Beautiful cedar planter boxes are made from 100% recycled cedar wood.  These beautiful cedar planter boxes are sturdy and well made and will last for years in your garden or on a patio or porch.

These beautiful cedar planter boxes are made by Central Iowa Fencing and come in three sizes to fit any size area.

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Small Cedar Planter Box

(Outside Dimensions)

  1. Small Planter Box 19″ W X 19″ D X 15″ H
  2. Medium Planter Box 31″ W X 19″ D X 15″ H
  3. Large Planter Box 43″ W X 19″ D X 15″ H

These beautiful cedar planter boxes are ready for pickup only.

Sorry no shipping on cedar planter boxes.

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Wrought Iron Fencing

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Wrought iron fencing is a beautiful stylish addition to any home, garden, or business.  Wrought iron fencing can be simple in design or very ornate.

True wrought iron fencing that was used on Victorian estates is no longer being produced, today “wrought iron” is typically made of aluminum or steel.  This new iron fencing is designed to have the same look of the classic wrought iron style but is a more modern and durable alternative to the old wrought iron fencing of the Victorian era.

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Wrought Iron Fence and Gate Installed by Central Iowa Fencing

Iron fencing can be painted to any desired color to compliment any home or yard.  There many styles of iron fencing to choose from.  Iron fencing also comes in many different sizes.

Your iron fence can last for years if it properly cared for.

Benefits of a Wrought Iron Fence

Beautiful and Classy - Wrought iron fencing adds beauty and a touch of elegance to any home, yard, or garden.

Security – Wrought iron fencing is a good choice for security fencing.  Iron fencing is strong and some styles come with barbed tips for added security.

Durability – Wrought iron fencing is very durable and rust resistant.  Iron fencing can last for years.

Wrought iron fencing is a great option if you are looking for security while adding a high end classy look to your property.

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Wrought iron railings can be used to divide an outdoor dining area for a restaurant or bar.

These black iron railings compliment this outdoor dining area and offer another seating area for quests.

 

 

Stair railing
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Wrought iron stair railings are a perfect choice for durability, strength, and elegance.  These iron railings are American made with high quality American materials.  These iron railing will last for years and will add an elegant look to this stone staircase.

 

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If you are looking for a high quality iron fence, Central Iowa Fencing can install it for you.  Central Iowa Fencing has over 15+ years of experience installing fencing in the central Iowa area.  We are a family owned and operated business located in Ankeny Iowa.  Central Iowa Fencing can give you a quote today for your new iron fence, gate, or railing. Call Central Iowa Fencing today (515) 829-8117 or email Us: centraliowafencing@hotmail.com

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Central Iowa Fencing also installs high quality American made iron gates for your yard, garden, or pool area.  Please contact Central Iowa Fencing today.

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Fall Wood Fence Care

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Early Fall is the perfect time to get your fence ready for winter.  Fall is also a great time to get the rest of your yard ready for the long cold winter months too.  Fall clean up makes it easier in the Spring to do your spring clean up.

Before the snow flies it is important to inspect your fence for damage from wood rot, warped boards, missing boards, and rotted fence posts.  Make sure the fence post are structurally sound and will not move when pushed against.  Also check any metal latches and metal hinges for rust and replace them if necessary.

Signs of Wood Rot:

  • Posts are loose and wobbly
  • Gate sags and won’t close
  • Boards are caving in
Rotted Wood
Rotted Wood Fencing

When checking your fence for damage it is also important to make sure your wooden fence can handle the weight and moisture that the snow will bring.  Snow can be very heavy and a rotted fence can be pulled down with a lot of snow.  The persistent moisture that your fence will experience in winter can increase the chances of wood rot and a rotted fence will not last through a long winter if it is already rotted to begin with.

Protecting Your Wood Fence Through Winter

Before the temperature gets cold it is a good idea to stain or paint your fence, deck, or railings.  This will give your wood a protective coat to help with wood rot when the weather gets cold and damp.

A great tip to help you decide if you need to waterproof your wood fence is the “splash test”.  Splash water on your wood fence and see if the water beads up.  If the water beads up your fence is still protected.  If not then you should stain or paint your fence.

Keeping Your Yard Clean Helps Your Wood Fence

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Keeping your yard clean will help your wood fence last longer.  Wood rot can happen at the base of the fence when old leaves, grass, and other yard debris accumulate around the bottom trapping moisture.  Make sure to rake your yard free of old leaves and other plant waste.  Snow piling up on old leaves will trap in moisture and cause your fence to rot rapidly.  It only takes a few seasons of miss care to badly damage a wooden fence.

This is also a great time to trim bushes and trees.  Plants growing right up to and touching your fence can cause wood rot.  Over hanging tree branches will hang lower once laden with heavy snow and could potentially damage your wood fence.

Heavy Snow Fall and Your Wood Fence

Heavy wet snow can damage a wood fence.  After a large snow fall it is a good idea to brush away the snow from your fence.  Snow will trap in moisture on the wood of your fence causing it to rot.  Brush way the snow from the base and top if possible.

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Should You Replace Your Wood Fence?

After carefully inspecting your wood fence it will be important to decide if you should repair it or just replace the fence.  An old wooden fence that is badly damaged should just be replaced.  You will spend more time and money trying to resurrect an old wooden fence and then still have to replace it in a few years or even the next season.  If your fence just needs a post or two and some paint then just repair the wood fence.

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Central Iowa Fencing are experience craftsman that can repair or replace your old worn out wooden fence with a new sturdy beautiful one.

No job is to big or to small!

Central Iowa Fencing installs quality fences in the Central Iowa area.  A family owned company with over 15+ years experience.  Contact Central Iowa Fencing today for your FREE fence quote.

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New Railings Add Great Curb Appeal

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Looking to add some more curb appeal to your home or business?  New railings from Central Iowa Fencing will add curb appeal to any stair case or deck.  New stair railings are perfect for safety and make a great addition to the look of your home or business.  Your beautiful new railings will draw the eye to the architecture of your home and help led your guest to your front door.

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Railings come in a variety of styles to choose from.  You should choose railings that compliment your homes design and fits with in your budget.  Railings also come in a variety of materials and colors to choose from, so you will be able to pick a railing style and color that will compliment your home or business.

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When choosing the material for your railing it is important to consider the amount of maintenance you wish to do.  Wood railings will need to be repainted every few years and wood can also rot or warp.  Railings made of vinyl  will last longer and will not need to be painted.  Wrought iron railings will last a long time and have a classic look but will require less maintenance than wood railing.

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Central Iowa Fencing can help you pick out a railing style that will compliment your needs and add beauty to your home or business.  Give us a call today!

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Central Iowa Fencing Installs Agricultural Fencing in Central Iowa

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Central Iowa Fencing installs agricultural fencing in the Central Iowa area for farms and small hobby farms.

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Agricultural fencing comes in many styles and materials and there are plenty of fencing options for any situation.  Whether you are a farmer with a lot of livestock or just have a small hobby farm, Central Iowa Fencing can help you with your fencing needs.

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Agricultural fencing can come in a variety of styles and materials from wood rail fencing, woven wire, barbed wire, high-tensile fencing, and welded-wire fencing.  Central Iowa Fencing installs a variety of these agricultural fences.  Check out our Fence Products Page for some examples of what we have installed.

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2 Rail Wood Fence

 

Beautiful Custom Gates Installed By Central Iowa Fencing

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Our Central Iowa Fencing craftsman install beautiful custom wooden fence gates for our customers in the Central Iowa area.  Central Iowa Fencing installs a variety of custom gate styles including picket gates, privacy gates, wooden gates with decorative glass panels, wrought iron gates, and many more styles.  These are just a few of our beautiful wooden gates that we have installed for satisfied customers all over the Central Iowa area.

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Custom Wooden Gate with Glass Inlay Panel Installed by Central Iowa Fencing

 

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Custom Cedar Privacy Gate
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Wooden Gate

Central Iowa Fencing installs high quality fences, railings, and gates in the Central Iowa area including the cities of Ames, Boone, Des Moines, Altoona, Ankeny, Jefferson, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Indianola, Marshalltown, Jefferson, Johnston, and Waukee.  Give us a call today!  (515) 829-8117

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