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10 Things to Know Before Building a Deck

Planning for a new deck? Be sure to keep these expert tips in mind.

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Apply a Protective Finish

Wood decks need a protective coat of finish to maintain their look and provide years of service. Many stains and sealers are available in a wide variety of colors and opacity options. You'll need to apply these per the manufacturer's recommendations. For treated lumber this means waiting up to several months before applying a finish. And remember, you'll need to clean and reapply a finish periodically – usually every couple of years.

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