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Your Place: Why did the cedar deck rot after eight seasons? | Philadelphia …

Your Place: Why did the cedar deck rot after eight seasons? | Philadelphia …
News from Philadelphia Inquirer:

Posted on Fri, Jun. 24, 2011

Question: Eight seasons ago, I had a cedar deck built on the back of the house. I went with cedar because I was told that its life expectancy was greater than pressure-treated pine.

The deck was built in April and allowed to cure and dry for a year, as directed by the builder, before staining.

The following spring, I had the deck painted with a semitransparent stain – it allows the grain to show but looks like paint. Several months later, the paint began to peel. Large flakes were lifting off the wood. I contacted the painter, who came back the next spring and repainted at no charge.

The new paint job lasted two summers, then began to peel again. Since it was only the decking, I repainted.

Again, it lasted two summers before peeling. I contacted another painter who stripped the deck, applied a primer, and repainted. While stripping, he began to uncover …………… continues on Philadelphia Inquirer

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