When the weather gets warmer, you may want to go outside and use your deck! Whether you are looking forward to spending time outdoors with a good book while a light breeze is blowing, or wanting to grill with friends and family, your deck is the perfect place to retreat.
However, if your deck is not properly maintained, the life of your deck will decrease significantly. Decks are exposed to all types of elements, making them prone to problems such as rotting. Spring is the perfect time to take care of routine maintenance so your deck looks good in the years to come.
Look for signs of putrefaction
The first thing you want to do is walk around your deck and check boards, beams, posts, and beams for rotting. Red only gets worse over time. So if you find areas of your deck that are in poor condition, start repairs. While you may be able to do basic repairs yourself, do not hesitate to contact a specialist for major repairs, such as: B. if you need to redesign part of the deck.
Check for loose railings
As you walk around, take the time to shake all the railings around the deck. Over time, the posts become loose or damaged. This causes the railings to loosen and become unstable, which can lead to injuries. If you find a problem railing, you'll need to tighten existing screws or install new screws. It is better to find and maintain loose railings before you have friends or family to enjoy your deck.
Cut nearby bushes
If you have bushes, flowers, or trees near your deck, make sure the plants don't rub against wooden parts of your deck. This can increase the likelihood of rotting, mold and mildew on your deck. It is easier to prune your plants in spring before they are in full bloom. Leave at least 30 cm of space between the plants and your deck. You may also need to trim them regularly throughout the year.
Get rid of dirt
It is natural that debris such as branches or trenches get stuck in gaps between deck boards. However, if you leave the debris there long term, your deck may deteriorate faster. Not to mention that it may not look very nice. To remove stuck residue, you need to use something like a spatula to scrape along the inside of the gaps. It will take time and work, but your deck will look a lot better!
Wash the deck
Spring is also the perfect time to remove dirt, grease, mildew or mold from your deck. If you plan to use a pressure washer, do your research to ensure that the material of your deck can be washed safely. Check out a website like Home Arise to start your research. If you don't want to use a pressure washer, most decks can be cleaned with water, a soft brush, and some scrubbing.
Seal the deck
Sealing wooden decks creates a protective layer that keeps moisture out. Most wooden decks have to be sealed annually. The feather is the perfect time to do this before using your deck regularly, as the sealer takes time to dry. To seal a deck, you need to use a brush and cover the deckboards with thin layers of sealant. Avoid applying the sealer too thickly or having the sealer collect in puddles.
Sweep as needed
Don't forget to sweep your deck as needed! This is ongoing maintenance that you have to do all year round. Regular sweeping will help remove loose debris on your deck. While your deck may only need to be cleaned thoroughly once a year, it helps sweeping once or twice a week to make it look nice the rest of the year. Sweeping leaves and other debris also prevents mold from forming under the debris.
Before the weather gets too hot, start your spring care on your deck! While there are some types of maintenance, e.g. For example, removing dirt and leaves that need to be done all year round, there are other types of maintenance, such as: B. Wash and seal that only need to be done once a year.