Wooden decks add beauty and functionality to any home or business. They offer an attractive extension to the surrounding outdoors. Moreover, wood decks can have endurance qualities, withstanding nature’s elements. However, they can quickly deteriorate without proper care and maintenance. The following eight tips will help keep your deck looking good.
Sweep & Shovel
Regularly sweep dirt and debris off the deck to avoid stains and damage on the surface and between wooden boards. Also, to reduce damage caused by moisture, remove snow and any pooling water from your deck as soon as possible.
Use a Grease Catcher
Outdoor grilling is one of the joys of owning a deck. However, with this activity comes the risk of grease stains, which are difficult to remove. Consequently, it’s essential always to use a grease catcher.
Regularly Professional Cleanings
Hire professionals to clean your deck to completely remove debris, mildew, mold, and other impurities that can damage your deck. Experts recommend doing this bi-annually, in the fall and spring.
Regularly Seal Your Wooden Deck
This is an absolute must. Regardless of the deck’s age, it’s essential to have your wooden deck (including pressure-treated wood decks) professionally cleaned and sealed every two years. The purpose is to protect it against damage from moisture (dew, rain, snow) and the sun. When moisture gets into the wood, it can cause it to swell; conversely, the sun can cause it to become dry and shrink. If left unsealed, this will allow a damaging cycle of expansion and shrinkage that will lead to warped, gray, and cracked wood.
Avoid Paint or Dark Stains on Wooden Deck
Decks with paint or dark stain finishes require tremendous maintenance since they peel. Without proper care, your deck will be put at risk. If you decide to stain your deck, experts recommend using oil-based stains that will fade naturally and gradually.
Inspect and Fix Issues
Sweeping, cleaning, and sealing your deck offer inspection opportunities. When you notice any issues, it is best to make repairs as soon as possible. Otherwise, the problems can become worse and more costly. Inspect your wooden deck for any loose or warped boards, rot spots, loose hardware, and structural integrity.
About Deck Doc
With over 20 years of experience, Deck Doc provides top-quality deck cleaning, sealing, staining, restoration, and maintenance services for residential and commercial customers throughout Chicagoland. Call 847-979-9299 to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate.