Winter is about to end, which means spring cleaning is going to be on top of every homeowner’s priorities. If you are already making your checklist, make sure to include your deck. Chances are it might be a little worse for wear.
Do what you can to protect your deck and prevent costly damage to it. Fortunately, Triangle Home Exteriors is here to provide helpful tips to keep it in great shape during spring.
Inspect Your Deck for Damage
Before anything else, take the time to inspect your deck for any signs of winter damage. Regardless of the type of wood, it is made of, be it redwood or cedar, it may still suffer rot or mildew. Check the underside for any loose nails as well. If the damage is extensive, you may want to consider having it replaced.
Wash the Deck
After inspecting your deck and making sure there are no signs of winter damage, you can start washing it. Leaving it unwashed exposes it to moisture further, causing mold and mildew to grow. Use a standard deck cleaner and follow the directions. Some may require the decking to be wet first, while others don’t. For a composite deck, you can use a cleaner specifically made for that material. In case of grease or oil stains, clean them off with a commercial degreaser or detergent. A vinyl deck, meanwhile, may require only warm water and mild soap to remove dirt and mold.
Stain the Deck
Once you finish washing your deck, it’s time to stain it. Doing so not only retains its youthful look but also protects the wood from harmful UV rays. There are many finish options you can choose from, including:
- Clear sealer that allows the wood’s natural grain and color to show.
- Toner that adds a small amount of color and provides some protection against sunlight.
- Semi-transparent stain that tints the wood but still lets some grain show.
- Solid stain with an opaque color that seals weather damage and fully covers the grain.
Consider Deck Upgrades
Now that your deck looks beautiful and brand new, you may also want to consider adding deck upgrades. Solar deck lights provide added safety at night, while big umbrellas promise shade in the morning. If it’s too cool for you to spend time outdoors in your deck, you might want to invest in a deck heater.
By following these spring maintenance tips, rest assured you get the most out of your deck. For more inquiries regarding home exterior improvement, turn to Triangle Home Exteriors. Call us today at (919) 615-1101 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment.