Deck Delight

Sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.  The deck is sealed and everything’s back in its place.  I snapped these yesterday.  Last night we had a deluge of rain that’s continuing this morning at a less torrid pace.  Everything’s water-logged, but the water on the deck is standing in lovely beads and puddles above the sealant.  I do love the redwood — it brightens up our boring white siding so cheerfully.
Sealed Decks

We noticed a lot while doing the deck; things you don’t see when walking on it day-to-day.  I renewed my appreciation for the power of the sun.  Our beautiful life-giving sun is also relentless in its damaging affects.  The upper deck is covered all summer by a large awning almost the full area of the deck.  In addition, surrounding trees provide many hours of mottled shade.  The lower deck is fully exposed most of the day, with some late afternoon shade over some areas.  It’s in far worse condition that its upstairs brother.  The wood is more grooved, has many more splits, and it drinks up the sealant like it’s dying in the desert.

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