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Maintaining you deck
Posted on:Monday, June 10, 2013

Now that summer has unofficially begun, you have more than likely already started your annual outdoor preparations, including lawn maintenance, gardening, and deck care. Decks are an extremely popular and economical means to add living space to your home, making it convenient to enjoy sitting outside both day and night; but how often do you think about the important steps needed to upkeep your special outdoor oasis?

Decks are subject to damaging effects of weather, including: dirt, discoloration, moss, splitting, loose boards, and fading finishes. Homeowners typically know they ought to strip, stain, and seal their wood deck every few years to keep it looking good and safe, but what else needs to be done in order to preserve your favorite summer hangout?

Below, you will find some helpful hints to ensure you maximize the life of your deck:

  • At least once a month during usage, completely clear your deck of everything (furniture / plants / etc) and sweep all debris

  • Inspect your deck for protruding nails / screws – this is more than just a safety hazard, as loose boards typically follow protruding nails

  • At least twice a season, power-wash your deck with a non-chlorine bleach base or oxalic acid to protect from discoloration and eliminate stains

  • Re-seal you wood deck once every couple of years! Ensure that you first follow the preceding steps and allow your deck to thoroughly dry –  Next protect plants and anything else in the ‘line of fire with [plastic and tarps. Then apply your sealant . . . Sealant can be brushed on, rolled on with a paint roller, or sprayed on. Spraying is the fastest by far, but this is also the hardest to control –  some sealants have color that will stain surfaces to which they are applied.


If you are having difficulty maintaining your deck on your own or are looking to have a new deck installed, please contact your local home repair and remodeling professionals.


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