Putting your Mind at Ease
TERM OF WARRANTY – ONE YEAR
WHAT IS COVERED
EQUIPMENT, MATERIAL, AND APPLIANCES
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
This limited warranty does not cover the following items:
- Damage or defects caused by the failure to maintain any item or keep it in good working area.
- Damaging resulting from fire, freezing, storms, electrical malfunction or surge, lightening, earthquake, pest damage, acts of God, or other unforeseen causes or accidents.
- Damage from alterations, misuse, or abuse by any person; ordinary wear and tear; or problems caused by lack of maintenance.
- Damage resulting from your failure to observe any operation instructions furnished at the time of installation.
- Any item furnished, installed, modified, altered, or repaired by you or any other person other than Contractor
- Problems which arise in an attempt to match existing materials. There are limitations inherent in the matching of existing materials such as stucco, drywall, paint, wood, tile, flooring, concrete, and the like. *Exact duplication in matching, texture, and color cannot be guaranteed. Variations within industry tolerances will be considered acceptable.
It’s simple, but it means what it says; if we did something wrong, we will take care of it.
Also, if you did something to damage the deck and need a repair done, we’re still willing to work with you to get things corrected in a timely manner, and at a reasonable cost.
Green Umbrella Warranty
Annual deck maintenance will forestall repairs, protect your investment, and boost your enjoyment of your outdoor space.
When you contact Deck & Drive Solutions, LLC., you will be automatically listed (unless you opt-out) into our email reminder program for preventive maintenance and deck tips throughout the year. We promise not to bombard you with emails, but a few a year a year to serve as a friendly reminder. Also I (Aaron Rouse, Owner) will always answer any questions or comments you may have all year long through the phone at 515.480.5593 or email Aaron directly.
Recommended Deck Maintenance
• We recommend sealing your deck with a deep penetrating tinted sealer such as Penofin Red Label or similar product within the 1st year. It is great if it can be done within the first 3 months (each product recommends different times to seal, but with Penofin they recommend to seal right away).
• Your deck should be washed at least twice a year (Fall and Spring). It can be done with a deck cleaning solution, sprayer, push broom, and a garden hose. If your deck is in a shaded or shrubbery area, sometimes a pressure washer could be used at the lowest pressure setting.
• Throughout the year, you should routinely remove leaves, sticks, and dirt off the surface. They hold moisture on the deck and does not allow the surface to properly dry. Make sure you get between the boards. Also some use just a garden hose and does a quick rinse multiple times throughout the seasons.
• Usually every other year, another coat of sealer may possibly required on the horizontal surfaces (decking and top of railing). Some of the railing could be touched up if needed.
• About every 3-4 years, the decking and railing should be resealed to keep the protection and visual appearance of the deck. You will visibly be able to notice when another coat is needed.
• We don't recommend sanding your deck if possible. You can't sand cedar and have the appearance stay the same. If you sand cedar, it will stick out like a sore thumb, so make sure sanding is what you want to do before you do it.
• If you stain a deck with a solid stain or paint, it is very hard to come out of the wood (mostly the knots), and most likely, the future years will have to be solid stain or paint again.
• Cedar wood will often turn gray within the first year. When sealing, make sure you have something with some pigment to protect the wood from the sun's UV rays.
• Cedar is a soft wood and tends to need more maintenance, be careful if using a pressure washer (Lowest Pressure Setting and keep your distance), clean the debris off often, and do a routine wash.
• Pressure-Treated wood is harder than cedar and is shipped still wet. Check out the directions on your sealer/stain to see when they recommend the first stain/seal to be applied. (Penofin is 2 weeks).
• One problem for decks is ultra violet rays (UV rays). Sun exposure causes deck-sealing products to degrade at a higher rate.
• It's best to stick with the same type of product when staining/sealing your deck. Some products adhere better to the same type and there is less chance of flaking or pealing from one year to the next.
• Your outdoor deck needs to be maintained on a regular basis for year round enjoyment and to prolong it's life.
• Wood naturally cracks and splits throughout its life. As long as you keep it sealed it should stay fine. The thicker the wood (such as 4x4's and 6x6's) more often crack due to the areas of the wood drying at different rates and it usually does not affect it's structural strength.
LONG TERM WOOD MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Deck stains claim to last 2,3,5, and even 7 years. That rarely happens in the real world. Rain, snow and sun begin to take it's toll from the very beginning. Don't wait until the deck is severely weathered and requires lots of attention.
- Clean the deck with a mild solution of deck cleaner and brightener on at least an annual basis. No need for backbreaking wash. If you use a pressure washer set it to 1500 psi or less. Follow the directions on the product you choose. Just remove the dirt and algae that has colonized on the wood.
- If the finish is in good shape you can wait another year before needing to re-stain. Areas where the finish has worn off, need to be re-stained. Typically floors and stairs will show the most wear.
- The best wood deck maintenance schedule is doing a thorough cleaning to the deck twice a year and apply a coat of stain every two years. Throughout the year, clean up twigs and leaves and rinse off the surface with a garden hose throughout the seasons.
Things to be careful with your deck.
• Bird Feeders: Birds have a nasty habit of doing things you really don't want to see or be near (Bird Droppings). The best bird feeder is away from the deck.
• Grills: most deck owners have at least one grill. Be careful about the placement of your gill to your house and how close you put it next to your deck railing. Also be cautious of the grease stains on your deck surface. A grill mat is nice, but should be moved sometimes so the deck doesn't fade too much at that location and also needs to be cleaned under the mat.
• Plant Containers: Plant containers are nice, but you want to make sure they sit on small blocks of wood (or another material), so there is ventilation underneath. Also move the plants when washing your deck. If moisture gets trapped, you are going to have a stain on your deck and even rotting in some instances. (for large plants, consider about putting it on wheels.
• Rugs: They look nice on the floor, but could discolor the decking. Move them around and clean under them throughout the year so your deck is not holding moisture and being faded from the sun in spots.
• Furniture: Your deck is made of natural wood and could scratch from moving deck furniture, grills, etc. We recommend plastic or other footings on the legs of furniture. Cedar is a very soft wood that scratches more than treated wood, so be careful when moving items on the deck surface.