Your deck can be the outdoor hub of the family home, and you want it to look good. However, it’s exposed to weather every day of the year. How can you make sure that your outdoor living room looks as good as your indoor one? Keeping your deck clean involves ongoing maintenance, but it also involves a lot of preventative work as well.
Watch When You’re Washing
If you love to pressure wash your deck, be careful. According to Ron Hazelton, you should “use a 30-degree nozzle and be careful not to get the pressure tip too close to the surface – doing so can actually etch the wood.” Watch for the need to stain your deck again, as pressure washing both cleans and can potentially damage your deck.
Stain Your Deck Well
A well-stained deck will not hold dirt and grime as much as a deck that has peeling, damaged stain or one that is not stained at all. According to Deck Stain Help, you should watch for the following when you stain your deck:
- Poor staining that leads to water, snow, and ice inside the deck fibers. This can damage the exposed wood.
- Mold, mildew, and algae that can lead to rot and can make an unpleasant and dirty look on the deck.
- Poor prep for staining or a poor quality stain
Choosing high quality decking and a quality stain, and maintaining your deck properly can help you preserve the life of the stain and the deck underneath.
Watch Your Decking
If you want a clean deck, you need to watch for warped boards and nails that are sticking out. These will encourage water and dirt to pool in these areas, and they will also lead to rot. Conduct a seasonal check of your deck and remove and replace damaged boards and nails.
Maintain Your Trees
While you may adore the trees in your yard, chances are they are also contributing to the stains on your deck as well. As fall leaves decompose and sit on your deck, they leach out chemicals that change the color of your decking. As fall approaches each year, be sure to make a plan for raking and blowing leaves off of your deck, and you’ll have fewer stains to remove later in the season. If you’re planting new trees in your yard, avoid planting large deciduous trees right over your home and your deck, and you’ll save yourself a lot of gutter and decking woes.
Watch Your Gutters
You need to maintain your home’s gutters regularly, or they could become full of debris and overflow. When this happens on your deck, you’ll not only get a stained deck; it may also cause your deck to rot. If you don’t want to clean your gutters or don’t have time to do so, there’s hope for you as well. Adding gutter covers to your gutters means that you’ll never have to worry about leaking, overflowing gutters damaging your deck.
Add An Awning
Do you want to create a backyard oasis on your deck – one that’s protected from the summer sun and spring rain? If you want to protect your deck from the weather, consider adding an awning. This will not only provide you with abundant shade and protection from light rain, it will also protect the deck underneath.
When you’re looking for home maintenance expertise, talk with Harry Helmet. We know our awnings, gutter covers, and roofing, and we’re here to make your home maintenance easier. Schedule a free estimate today.