It’s been a long winter but warmer months are finally here! Time to clean up the outdoor areas, clean the grill and get ready for outdoor time.
Decks are wonderful places to spend time on but these wooden structures need to be maintained in order to keep them looking their best. Not to mention safety concerns.
Today we are going over some great tips to keep your deck in great shape and safe for your family and friends.
Handyman Alpharetta – Our Best Tips for Maintaining Your Deck
Give Your Deck a Good Clean
Your deck needs an annual exfoliation so protective sealers can seep deeper into the wood. When it’s dry and moderately warm, about 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and apply a cleaning solution made specifically for decks. It’s a good idea to use a sprayer to kill mold and bacteria that may be built up.
You can use a high-powered washer but don’t go overboard with them. You don’t want to beat the deck up with it just sweep the nozzle across making sure you are a good 8 to 12 inches from your deck’s surface.
Don’t Use Bleach to Clean Your Deck
While some might suggest that you use bleach to clean your deck, professional services will advise you against this practice.
Bleach can damage other areas of your home and can even kill plants growing in your landscape.
Do Sand Before You Seal Your Deck
If you are going to be sealing your deck this year, a great way to smooth any rough spots is by sanding. Doing this before you apply the sealer will also allow the wood to properly absorb the sealant.
Don’t Seal Using Paint
Many homeowners think that outdoor paint makes a sufficient sealant and is a great way to save money. But paint is not made to be used as a deck sealant.
While paint is cheaper than a sealant, it just can’t hold up to the wear and tear a deck experiences. So instead, always make sure to use the proper sealant in order to protect the value of your deck.
Don’t Assume Pressure-Treated Wood is Maintenance-Free
It might resist rot and insect infestation, but pressure-treated wood still needs to be cleaned and sealed to withstand water and solar damage.
Use products made for specifically pressure-treated wood.
Don’t Put Rugs of Natural Materials Under Your Deck Furniture
Protect the wood deck from scrapes inflicted by chair and table legs, but don’t use rugs made from natural fibers such as jute and bamboo: These absorb moisture and promote mildew. Rugs made of recycled plastics won’t cause these problems, and they’ll last longer.
Fix Any Damage Immediately
Inspect your deck on a regular basis for splintered spots, loose nails, and split or rotten planks. Never procrastinate these types of repairs, as they are a huge safety precaution especially for the children that may be playing on the deck.
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