Enjoying your deck during the hot summer months in Maryland is a great way to get some vitamin d while also relaxing. Keeping your deck in beautiful shape throughout the summer months is a great way to ensure it lasts for many seasons to come. But what can you do during the summer to maintain your deck? Let’s look at some simple steps you can take this summer to help preserve your deck, while also adding to your enjoyment of it.
Keep it Clean
Simply cleaning dirt and debris off your deck throughout the summer can have a major impact on the longevity of your deck. As debris like leaves, branches, and other decaying matter accumulates on your deck, it can cause the wood to stain or even break down over time. Not only are messes unsightly and detract from the relaxing ambiance of your deck, they can cause major damage. To keep your deck in tip-top shape, simply hose it down when messes arise. If you notice a coating of dirt or dust on your deck, pressure washing it occasionally can help remove build up and keep your deck in good condition.
Fix Issues as They Arise
For pressure-treated lumber, decks or other natural hardwoods especially small issues can arise that can quickly be fixed to help maintain your deck. Splinters, nail pops, and cracked boards can all cause damage to your deck (and your feet!) if left unattended. By fixing minor problems as soon as they arise, you can maintain your deck and prevent further damage.
Stain and Seal
For wood decks, staining and sealing are important parts of maintaining it. Many stains include a seal that can help protect your deck. If you prefer a natural look you can skip the stain and just seal your deck. Early summer is an especially good time to stain and seal your deck, as it protects it from the harsh sun rays. Wood decking must be dry before it can be stained and sealed, so early summer, after the rains of spring, is a great time to do this simple project.
Get that New Deck Feel this Summer
If your deck is in need of a makeover, or you are in the market for a new deck, we at North American Deck & Patio has you covered. We can help you design the deck of your dreams, or help you with repairs on your existing deck. We are a Maryland new deck builder with years of experience and countless happy customers. Give us a call today to get started!