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The secret to maintaining and enjoying the beauty of your deck

(BPT) - In many parts of the U.S., warm, summer weather draws families and friends outdoors to enjoy the season while it lasts, making decks, gazebos or other outdoor areas of a house favorite spots for entertaining and relaxation. In fact, according to a recent survey by Sikkens ProLuxe Wood Finishes, 96 percent of Americans use their outdoor decks in the daytime almost every other day, with 82 percent using decks during the night time for more than half of the month. With this much use, a deck is part of the living space of a house.

The best room of the house
Decks are often considered an extension of the home, so it's important to maintain the appearance of these spaces just as any other area of the home. The survey also found that 64 percent of Americans take pride in how the exterior of their home appears, and more than two thirds agreed that having a nicely stained wood deck increases the curb appeal of their home. For this reason, it is important to choose the best colors and products to enhance the appearance of outdoor areas, including decks. But the secret to maintaining decks lies in the maintenance of the wood itself.

Maintaining beauty and function
When it comes to color preference for wood finishes, most Americans prefer subtle color, if any at all, to bring out the natural patterns in the wood. In fact, more than two thirds of U.S. consumers find the appearance of the natural wood on their home to be either extremely important or very important. With this trend towards more natural wood stains, consumers should look to products, such as Sikkens ProLuxe premium wood finishes, that highlight wood's natural beauty on the exterior of homes.

"Sikkens ProLuxe wood finishes offer a signature look of richness, making them known for high-quality, luxurious results," said Jennifer Dodson, senior manager, Sikkens ProLuxe Wood Finishes. "Using the finishes on decks can create a high-end appearance that not only protects wood, but also enhances curb appeal."

Since decks are exposed to weather extremes such as snow, heat, sun and rain, all of which can take a toll on exposed wood, consumers should ensure that the wood finishes on their homes can protect their decks throughout the year. Sikkens ProLuxe wood finishes guard against damage from UV exposure and moisture, while providing a mold and mildew resistant coating. Using the right wood-care products to maintain decks, both in appearance and function, can allow homeowners to enjoy more summer days and nights on their outdoor decks.

By protecting against the elements and maximizing wood's natural beauty, Sikkens ProLuxe wood finishes gives consumers a powerful way to protect and enhance their favorite outdoor spaces. Please visit www.realhomesatlanta.com for all your Atlanta real estate needs.

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