Spring is finally here, and that means barbecues and relaxing out on the deck. When was the last time you tended to your deck? If it was before the winter, chances are you need to do some deck maintenance before you can properly enjoy being out there. Here are four deck maintenance tips for maintaining your deck throughout the spring:
Tip #1: Clear it Off
Before you do anything else, clear your deck of dirt, leaves, and other debris. It’s a simple process, but it’s an important one. Clearing your deck is the best way to keep a deck healthy and prevent mold and mildew from building up. It’s also a great way to assess the condition of your deck before you start using it. Use this time to check for any signs of mold.
Tip #2: Thoroughly Wash it
After you’ve cleared your deck, then it’s time to give it a good wash. If you are properly trained, use a power washer to blast all of the harmful stuff off your deck. If you aren’t trained, hire a power washer to wash your deck for you. Improper use of a power washer can result in damages to your wooden deck. If your deck is made out of synthetic material, such as composite, you can get away with cleaning it with water, soap detergent, and warm water.
Tip #3: Add a Sealant
If you have a wooden deck, springtime is the best time to have it resealed. Late spring is an ideal time to have your wooden deck resealed to help protect it from harsh weather conditions. Resealing also helps keep your wooden deck looking newer for longer. For composite decks, resealing isn’t necessary, but homeowners can reseal it if they want to.
Tip #4: Repair it
Your deck may have sustained some damages throughout the winter. Before the summer arrives, it’s best to have your deck repaired. Loose boards, rot, and board gaps are all damages that can affect the safety of your deck. Damages such as discoloration and fading deck colors affect the overall appearance of your deck. If your deck has multiple damages or its structural integrity has deteriorated, the spring is the best time to replace your deck.
Is Your Deck Ready for Spring?
Although you may be ready for spring, your deck may not be. That’s when you come to North American Deck and Patio for help. As a professional MD deck builder, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners repair and replace their decks right in time for spring. Contact us now to get started.