Deck Maintenance 101

Your backyard and outdoor space is an extension of your home and it’s the center of all outdoor activities such as summer family barbecues, spending time with friends, roasting marshmallows, and more. To continue making memories in your backyard, it is essential to maintain your deck. Unfortunately, decks are exposed to the elements year-round, so it’s important to establish a routine of maintenance that will protect your deck and prevent the need for repairs in the future. Our expert deck repair contractors have provided these maintenance tips to keep your deck in its best condition.

Clean Your Deck

Dirt and debris can cause mold, mildew, and eventually lead to rot. Remove this dirt and other debris with a pressure washer. If you do not own one, you can rent one from your local hardware store. Be sure to keep the pressure washer moving to avoid gouging the wood of the deck. Once you have finished, leave it to dry overnight. We recommend doing this earlier in the day to not promote mold and mildew growth throughout the cold damp nights.

Fix and Repair

If there are uneven surfaces on your deck, consider replacing any loose or broken boards. Pay close attention to any areas where the boards cross joints, especially underneath the deck. Also, try to fix any broken or loose nails/screws.

Stain and Seal

Outdoor stains for your deck help seal and protect your deck from the elements. Before applying a stain and sealant, lightly sand the deck and apply. You don’t need to sand too much, just think of it as resurfacing the deck. When you are sanding the deck, it’s crucial to wear safety gear such as protective eyewear, gloves, glasses, and a mask. Make sure to choose a two-day period where the weather forecast predicts clear skies and moderate temperatures. After staining and having enough time (48 hours) to dry, apply a sealant to your deck.

If you are ever in need of professional advice, repairs, or anything else regarding your home improvement projects, call our expert contractors at Rudd Builders today to receive a free quote and consultation.

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