Tips for Caring for Your Deck

27 Feb

Nature is a wonderful thing, and what better way to enjoy it than through outdoor living?  For some people, enjoying their early morning coffee on their patio or deck is the perfect way to start the day.  Others prefer to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family by having cookouts and outdoor gatherings. But, just like any other part of the house, our decks and patios can easily wear down if not properly maintained.

So, in order to maintain the functionality and beauty of your outdoor living space, here are a few tips to follow…

  • Check your deck for loose nails and warping boards that bounce whenever you step on them. Replace or tighten the screws as soon as possible to prevent the boards from moving in the future, and replace any boards that may be too damaged beyond repair.
  • Decks are prone to mildew and mold growth, so always allot time to clean them.  There are special deck cleaners that are designed to make the process easier and faster, and they can be found at any major home and garden store.  Deck cleaners can even enhance the tone of your wood, which is an added bonus if it has begun to weather and fade.
  • Wash your deck regularly with a pressure washer and let it dry overnight. Typically, it is recommended to wash the deck before and after any repair.
  • Check for any damage in your overall structure. If it appears that the damage has been done by an insect, immediately call pest control to have them exterminate the area. If there is damage that has been caused by animals, secure your deck with a fence or some other barrier to keep them away.
  • If you see rough spots or splinters in our deck, smooth them with sandpaper. If there is a large area that requires sanding and you use an electrical sander, be sure to wear protective goggles and a masks to avoid inhaling dust.
  • Replace old and worn wood in your deck.  Do a water test on new wood before installing it to ensure that the material can withstand moisture and rain. Drop some water onto the wood – if it beads up, the wood is good, but if the water is absorbed, you need to apply a treatment.
  • Always sweep your deck and keep it clean. An easy way to remember to do this is to take a few extra moments to sweep it while you’re cleaning the rest of the house.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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