Even if you’re making regular use of your deck, maintenance may not always be top of mind. Just as it’s important to maintain your home or yard, it’s also essential to take proper care of your deck so it’ll last season after season.
Some decks require more maintenance than others, depending on the materials used. No matter what your deck is made of, here are some guidelines to follow that’ll help keep your deck looking beautiful year-round:
Keep it Clean
By thoroughly cleaning your deck at least once a year, you’ll maintain its longevity. This can include a cleaning solution made specifically for decks and a brush to help get rid of any mold and dirt that has accumulated. You can also use your hose on a higher-pressure setting with warm water to help wash away dirt and debris without the worry of stripping your deck.
Inspect & Protect
Taking a detailed look at your deck periodically can help you catch anything that may be worn down or hazardous. It’s important to look for weak spots, especially if you have a traditional wood deck. Also, be sure to look for loose nails or uneven planks.
The Finish Line
Every 2-3 years, it’s important to refinish your deck, which includes staining. This will keep things looking new and fresh so your deck will last much longer. An important note before staining: clean everything thoroughly first using the methods mentioned above.
A few additional tips:
- Washing away any mold and mildew is especially important before staining your deck.
- Make sure to look for deck staining products that are waterproof and offer UV protection.
- Before applying any deck finishing products and sealants, you’ll also want to cover any plants and shrubbery that they may come in contact with to be safe. If your air conditioner is near your deck, it’s best to cover the unit as well to protect it from stains.
Seal the Deal
After staining your deck, it’s important to use a sealant to keep it protected from the elements. You’ll, of course, want to make sure the stain is dry before applying a sealant. Weather is an important factor to consider, and it’s best to apply finish and sealants when the weather is dry and mild (and watch out for any rain in the forecast)!
A deck is a big investment piece for your home, and with some preventative maintenance, you’ll be less likely to run into problems later on.