While most homeowners choose wood decks because of their aesthetics, they require care and attention to keep them looking their best. Since your deck is constantly exposed to the elements, regular maintenance throughout the year is needed. Regular deck maintenance extends the lifespan of your investment.
If your outdoor space is an integral part of your family's enjoyment, don't put off regular maintenance. It's always easier and less expensive to take proper care of your deck than to replace it. With timely maintenance, your wood deck will last many years.
How to Care for Your Deck
1. Keep It Clean
Regularly sweep away debris, including leaves, branches, and pine needles. Trimming back nearby tree branches will help prevent debris and sap buildup. When removing debris, watch out for anything that traps moisture, such as outdoor furniture, grills, and potted plants. The water trapped under these items can lead to mold, mildew, or rot. Regularly rotate furniture to allow these spots to dry out.
2. Scrub or Power Wash
Depending on the amount of dirt and mildew buildup, plan to thoroughly scrub and rinse your deck at least once a year. Cleaning solutions and a power washer can be used to remove heavy buildup. Carefully read and follow all directions before using a power washer or cleaning solutions. Come chemicals can damage your deck stain. This task is usually best left to a professional deck maintenance company.
3. Seal or Stain
Rain, snow, and other elements can damage your deck over time if you don't stain and seal the wood. Sealing or staining can preserve the look of the wood and protect it against water and sun damage. If you have a brand new deck, there are many benefits to staining and finishing your deck now. A new deck is a costly investment in your home, and an expertly applied stain will protect your deck for years to come. For more information about refinishing a deck, check out our blog post on the topic. Certain times of the year are better for this type of work than others. Temperature, humidity, and other factors should be considered. Find a week when the temperature is between 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit, and there is no rain in the forecast.
4. Perform Regular Inspections
To avoid damage to your deck and injuries to your family:
Check and tighten screws and fasteners at least once a year.
Regularly inspect steps and railings to ensure they are secure.
If you notice any loose or rotten boards or steps, have them replaced immediately.
5. Don't Allow Water to Pool Under Your Deck
One of the most important ways to prevent damage to your wood deck is to ensure that water is directed away from the foundation of your deck. Rain should flow away from your home's foundation and your deck footings.
The Bottom Line
Regular maintenance is essential for the health and longevity of your deck. With proper cleaning and maintenance, your wood deck will add beauty and value to your home. Routine deck maintenance can be tedious and time-consuming for homeowners. You may prefer to leave power washing, staining, or sealing to a professional. They have the skills, experience, and equipment to complete these tasks safely and efficiently.
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The Painting Pros, Inc. is a high-quality, award-winning painting contractor. Since 1978, we've served homeowners, business owners, and property managers across the San Jose area. We can help you get your redwood deck looking new again! Call us at 408-418-9912 to discuss your needs. Our team of painting professionals handles jobs of all sizes, and we're ready to help you transform your property.
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