Summer is the season when a deck is at it’s peak level of usefulness. There’s nothing better than having a summer barbecue with friends and family. But before you can have fun on your deck, there’s a little bit of work that needs to be done. If you want to keep your deck in the best shape possible, there are several things you should be doing every summer, and we wanted to discuss this today.
Inspect and Repair any Damages
Now is a good time to give your deck a good look-over, inspecting for any rotten boards, splintered wood, broken nails, warping, etc. Repairing could be as simple as hammering in a few nails, or it could mean replacing entire sections of the deck, or the entire deck. If you have any rotten boards then they will need to be replaced ASAP, as they pose a serious safety risk. If you have rotten boards contact an Annapolis deck company.
Get Rid of Any Annoying Weeds
Nobody likes weeds, but they are practically inevitable, even the most experienced gardener can’t prevent them fully. The key is to remove them before they can wrap around your deck and become a real nuisance. Sure you could pull them up by hand, but did you know you probably have some weed killer in your cupboards? White vinegar is a common household item, but it’s also a natural weed killer. You could also rent a pressure washer, not a bad idea since you can clean your whole deck.
Clean Any Mold, Mildew, or Algae
Many deck owners experience problems with mold and mildew, and it is such a consistent problem that many decide to just deal with it. But this can be very dangerous, as mold can easily be carried from your deck into your home. To get rid of mold all you will need is a scrub brush and a light degreaser, such as Dawn dish soap. Once you’ve scrubbed away all of the mold and mildew, you just need to rinse your deck off with some water from a hose.
Fix Any Sunken Pavers
A sunken or misplaced paver is not only a bit of an eyesore, but they can also cause serious drainage issues. To get them back into place you just need to wiggle out the pavers or bricks that are off, and use sandbags to get them back to the right level. Make sure to use a leveler to make sure you have it set at just the right height.
Work With an Experienced Annapolis Deck Company
Your deck is going to be a part of your home and your family for a long time so you really need to ensure that you keep it in good shape, and the only way to do that is to hire a professional Annapolis deck company. Here at North American Deck and Patio we have served Annapolis and its surrounding areas for years now, and we know we can help you too. Don’t let your deck fall into a decrepit state, give us a call today.