Don’t Cover New Decking, EVER! Just don’t, Ok? Really. Don’t.

Don't cover your decking

Doug looks happy now. But he won’t be in a couple of days. When he takes the cover off his decking, it won’t be long until warps, twists, and cupping start to appear.

He didn’t listen to his salesman when he said, “When you receive the decking, set the boards onto some wood blocks and wood stickers to allow for adequate ventilation between boards. Leave the decking uncovered and allow the material to acclimate for 7-10 days.”

To see why this happens, check out this very informative post on how moisture affects covered hardwood decking.

Should You Cover Your Decking as It Settles to Your Climate?

No. No tarps. No blankets. No storage units. No garage.

There’s no reason good enough to cover pre-installed deck boards. They don’t need to be warm and snug while they acclimate.

For Pete’s sake, it’s wood! Sections of the Coney Island boardwalk have been in place for over 70 years exposed to sand, sun, rain, snow, salt water, even fire. It’s still standing.

So, if you see your installer cover the decking while they’re not on the job, stop him or her before you end up with cupped or twisted boards.

POP QUIZ TIME!

Is it a good idea to store decking in your garage overnight?

a. Of course it is!
b. I’m afraid of people stealing my wood while I sleep…so yes!
c. Always.
d. No. Never. Not in a million years.

If you answered “d. No. Never. Not in a million years!” you’d be RIGHT!

To ensure your new deck is exactly what you want, please follow the instructions we give you. You’d be shocked to realize that even professional deck installers who are used to composites don’t understand how hardwood needs to be treated prior to installation. To build a better deck, following our simple instructions. In 20 years of helping people across the globe build solid hardwood decks that last.

If you ever have any questions, we encourage you to call us. We want to help you make your deck building experience a great one.

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