Your deck is a focal point of the backyard. It’s a place to host backyard barbecues, long evenings under the stars with friends, and spend time with loved ones. However, before you start using your deck for the season, take time to prepare your deck for spring. Here are the best ways to ensure your deck is safe and in excellent condition.
Check for Damage
Winter weather is harsh on wood decking, and as you prepare for spring, inspect the deck. Look over the deck for signs of problems.
- Wood rot often appears in splintering, loose boards, soft spots, and discoloration. In some cases, the rotted area can be removed and rebuilt. If your deck has several rotting boards, remove and replace them.
- Screws and nails hold your deck together. To keep the deck secure, replace popped or missing screws and nails.
- Mildew is not a major hazard if compared to wood rot. However, remove it from the surface of the deck before it has the opportunity to spread. Use a safe deck cleaner for the type of material your deck is made from. This will kill the mildew and help remove staining.
- Some pests eat wood and composite decking materials. If you notice damage that looks like it could be due to insects, contact a pest control company to treat the area.
Make repairs to prepare the deck for regular use during warm weather. A well-maintained deck will be safe and secure for family and friends to enjoy.
Pressure Wash to Prepare Your Deck for Spring
Pressure washers quickly and thoroughly clean decking. Read the manual for your pressure washer carefully and learn to adjust the setting for the deck materials. Using very high pressure on wood decking leads to permanent dents and damage like splintering and cracking. If you don’t have a pressure washer, sweep the deck with a stiff-bristled broom, and wash it with soapy water as an alternative.
Stain the Deck
After the surface of your deck is repaired and clean, protect the wood with a stain or sealant. Use a quality wood stain or weather-proofing to protect the wood from the effects of ultraviolet rays and moisture. There are countless varieties of stains available, depending on your budget and color preference.