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Many deck sealers don't perform as desired. Some deck stains start to fail just a month after applying. As part of an ongoing deck stain test, you can see some of the results after just seven months of sun exposure.

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Cleaning and sealing any outdoor wood is not much different than doing the same thing for a wood deck. Outdoor wood tables, chairs, fencing, wood playsets, arbors, etc. all take the same abuse from Mother Nature.

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Algae can grow in a number of places. It grows on roof shingles, shaded decks and steps. Do you know how to remove algae? Oxygen bleach is an easy way to remove algae and it is safe for the environment.

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Tim Carter demonstrates in a six-part video series how to rebuild a defective front porch and permanently stop water leaks into the home. This second video shows the hidden problem once the decking has been removed.

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If you build a deck with Trex decking, it might not be as maintenance-free as you might think. Large patches of white fungus and different species of mushrooms have been found growing on the underside of the decking.

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Dark spots of composite decking, such as Trex decking, might be a mixture of algae and mildew. Cleaning Trex decking with oxygen bleach can remove most of the spots. Composite deck flooring is not maintenance free.

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