4 Ways To Maintain Your Deck

Deck Builders Grand Rapids, MI

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about spending time out on the deck. However, between the sun, foot traffic, and the elements, your deck takes a beating throughout the year.

In order to keep your investment in top shape, our decking suppliers recommend regular deck maintenance to make it last a lifetime.

Here are 4 ways to maintain and care for your deck.

Caring for Your Deck

1. Cleaning

You should clean your deck at least once a year to remove built-up dirt, grime, and debris. Before you clean your deck, do some research into the types of deck cleaners that can be used on the wood that you have. Avoid using anything that would be harmful to the wood or to you. Some cleaning chemicals can damage the structural integrity of the deck.

Your deck cleaning techniques will vary depending on the cleaning chemicals you use. Follow the directions listed on the bottle for best results. Be sure to cover any nearby plants before you begin the cleaning process. Even small amounts of cleaning chemicals can kill your landscaping.

2. Touch-ups

If your deck is painted or stained, you might notice the color fading or wearing away over time. Touching up the color can make your deck look like new again. You can try to do this yourself, but it’s best to contact a professional decking contractor for bigger jobs.

You’ll want to clean your deck first, then let it dry for at least two days before applying paint or stain. If you’re repainting a painted deck, you may need to remove some of the existing paint with a sander first in order to achieve a smooth canvas. However, paint doesn’t stand the test of time. You’ll have less maintenance and a nicer-looking deck in the long run if you remove the paint and stain your deck instead.

3. Sealing

Sealing your deck can help lock in the color and protect the wood from damage by the elements or UV rays. As your deck is constantly exposed to the great outdoors, this is an important step that will keep it looking sharp for years to come.

Deck sealant can be applied in different ways: spraying, brushing, or rolling it on are all popular application methods. Check the directions for the brand that you choose to see what works best. Be sure you choose a deck sealer that contains UV protection to shield your deck from being baked in the sun.

4. Repair

One of the most common problems with wooden decks is popped nails. If you’re finding any nails that protrude, you should hammer them back into place. Splinters and rough spots should be sanded, as they can cause injuries if left unattended. Major repairs should be handled by a professional to ensure that your deck remains structurally sound.

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