How to Maintain Your Wood Deck
Your backyard is your own little private space to enjoy the season’s, especially in the Summer. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a deck, you’ll appreciate it’s many uses. Don’t have one? No worries, contact us to see how we can help you create the deck of your dreams. If you already have one, how can you ensure you get the most out of your wood deck season after season? Simple. With regular care and routine maintenance, your deck will continue to act as your private lounge area, entertainment zone, cookout space, or garden haven.
Seasonal debris such as leaf mold, water pools, and tracked mud can diminish your deck’s appearance and can also attract unwanted insects. Be sure to scrub away stuck-on debris right away with warm water and wood-safe oxygen bleach, then rinse clean. Continue to do this throughout the year when the weather allows it.
As soon as the snow melts, you should clean the entire deck regularly using the method above or with a power washer at its lowest pressure setting to quickly take away all of that dirt and grime. Once washed, be sure to let it air-dry and remove any outdoor accessories that can hold pools of water or maintain moisture. If you have an outdoor rug, be sure they are made up of materials that include quick-dry rubber. Potted plants should always have saucers underneath to avoid trapped water beneath them. Drain them regularly to avoid wood rot and mold within your deck slats.
You may notice that over time, natural woods will start to become rough, change color or turn silvery gray. The great thing about natural resources it’s original look is hiding just beneath the surface. Use a sanding machine to remove the unsightly layer and smooth out all those rigid lines. If you’re bored of the original look, there are several colors and varieties of wood stain that can give it a quick makeover in no time. You’ll be amazed at how a coat of color can completely transform your outdoor environment.
Lastly, take care of your deck by applying a sealant annually, once you have restored it back to it’s original-look. It will help protect it against the elements for next 12 months. Just be sure to purchase the right kind of sealer for your deck, as natural woods require more specific products.