How to Maintain Your Deck
A deck can bring many enjoyable hours to you and your family while adding
to the appearance and value of your house. Since your deck is exposed
to all types of weather, you need to take the maintenance steps that will
help prevent damage from occurring and protect your investment. Dixon
exterior painting and deck maintenance services for a complete home makeover. Investing a little time and money into maintaining
your deck now will prevent you from spending hundreds or thousands in
deck repair or replacement.
Maintaining the Deck by Season
Late Spring – Clean the Deck
- Use a putty knife to get between boards and remove debris. Check the areas
where deck boards go across the joists underneath.
- Sweep thoroughly to remove all dirt and debris from the surface.
- Wet and cover plants around the deck with plastic sheeting.
- Use cleaner that is made for use on the type of material your deck is made
from. Follow the directions given.
For a Wood Deck
- Avoid cleaning when the sun is hot and shining directly on the deck. Apply
the cleaner evenly without letting it pool.
- Scrub the deck until it looks clean, and then soak it for the recommended time.
- Clean railings using the same procedure, working upward to prevent double
bleaching of the dry wood below.
For a Composite Deck
- Use a soft brush to scrub, and avoid pressure washing. According to House
Logic, a deck brightener which contains oxalic acid can be used to remove
stains from rust and leaves.
For a Vinyl Deck
- Use a stiff broom or brush to scrub, using a circular motion.
For All Decks
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- Allow two days for drying prior to sealing.
Seal the Deck
Applying seal to the deck will protect the wood from ultraviolet light
and harsh weather. Sealer comes in your choice of clear or lightly tinted,
the first of which allows all of the color of the wood to show through,
and the second, which adds a tint of color without completely covering
the grain. Solid stain adds color that completely covers the grain.
- Allow for two days of clear weather to complete the sealing process.
- Sand the deck lightly.
- Replace any nails or screws that are missing or protruding. Those that
are deep and more difficult to remove may be driven further into the wood
to prevent doing damage to the deck.
- Apply sealer to railing using the appropriate brush.
Midsummer – Inspect and Make Necessary Repairs
- Inspect all areas of the deck for signs of rot, including underneath.
- Check hardware for rust or loosening.
- Check railings to be sure they are strong and secure.
- Replace or repair any areas of concern.
Early Fall – An Ounce of Prevention
To keep the deck mold- and rot-free, you need to keep nearby plants and
shrubbery trimmed back from the deck surface. Keep leaves and dirt from
piling up in corners by sweeping regularly. Move any fixtures or furniture
around to prevent discoloring the deck’s finish. Also, maintain
gutters and downspouts to prevent spillage onto the deck.
Professional exterior painting and deck staining services ensure that every
step of maintaining your deck is performed expertly. Many homeowners realize
too late that the cost of proper deck maintenance is much more affordable
than deck repair or replacement.
Contact us to find out more about our services.