Annual Deck Maintenance is part of regular homeownership responsibilities that helps keep your deck in tip-top shape for years to come. It involves inspecting the structure and making necessary repairs, cleaning the surface, addressing any problems related to mold or mildew growth, and applying a protective sealant. Annual maintenance ensures your deck will look great year after year and provide a safe environment for outdoor activities.
Inspect for damage
When conducting Annual Deck Maintenance, it’s important to inspect the structure for signs of damage such as rot or insect infestation. Make sure stair steps are secure and balusters are properly installed; replace any missing pieces if needed. Check railings to ensure they meet safety guidelines. If there is evidence of mold or mildew growth, use an appropriate cleaner to address the issue.
Check for loose nails or screws. Tighten or replace them as necessary.
Once the structure is secure, clean the surface with a pressure washer and a mild detergent. Follow up with a brightening agent to restore the original look of your deck. Allow the deck to dry completely before proceeding.
Clean using a pressure Washer
Cleaning the surface requires a good scrubbing with mild detergent and warm water. Followed by drying completely before applying a protective sealant. A variety of sealants are available in different finishes. Choose one based on the material your deck is made from and its expected use. If you’re not sure which product to choose, consult with an expert for advice.
Finally, apply a sealant or stain to help protect against water damage and UV rays from the sun. Make sure you select one that’s recommended for your particular type of wood.
Annual Deck Maintenance may seem like a hassle but it’s worth the time and effort to extend the life of your deck and keep it looking its best. Properly maintaining your deck on an annual basis will help ensure that you get years of enjoyment out of this outdoor space!
Click here to learn more about the entire home inspection process.