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Deck Maintenance Tips: Keep Your Deck Looking New Year-Round

Exposure to the elements can take a toll on your deck’s appearance over time, causing it to look drab and worn out. However, regular deck maintenance can ensure your outdoor living space stays in pristine condition.

We’ll share easy and practical deck maintenance tips for both wood and composite decking materialsto help you keep your deck looking new year-round. From cleaning to staining to repairing it when necessary, you can extend the lifespan of your deck and enjoy its beauty and functionality for years to come.

What is the best way to maintain a deck?

Like any part of your home, your deck requires regular maintenance to keep it in top shape and prevent future problems. Follow these tips for deck maintenance, and you’ll enjoy your outdoor space for many years. Always take precautions and consult a professional if you’re unsure of repair or maintenance tasks.

Clean Your Deck

Regular cleanings are the quickest way to preserve your deck’s appearance and extend its lifespan. Sweep away leaves, dirt, and debris as they accumulate.

Annually, use a pressure washer with deck cleaner to remove dirt, grime, stains, mildew, or algae growth. Follow these steps for the best results.

  1. Choose a dry, mild day with moderate temperatures.
  2. Protect nearby plants and shrubs by draping a tarp or plastic covering before you begin to prevent damage.
  3. Opt for an environmentally friendly oxygen bleach cleaner that won’t harm plants or grass around your deck. Avoid chlorine bleach, as it will strip the natural color of wood decks.
  4. Apply the cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the surface.
  5. Allow the cleaner to sit for the recommended time before rinsing it off with a garden hose or pressure washer. Be cautious when using a pressure washer, as high pressure can damage the wood. Keep the nozzle in motion and maintain about 8 inches between the deck surface.

Repair Any Damage

Inspect your deck thoroughly. Look for signs of damage, such as loose or rotting boards, rusty fasteners, or splintered wood. Check railings and stairs for stability.

As needed, replace loose or rotting boards, tighten any loose screws or nails, and secure railings. If your deck’s support structure has extensive damage, consider calling a professional to repair or replace it.

Stain or Seal Your Deck

A protective coating such as a stain or sealer can help prevent moisture and sun damage. Choose a product compatible with your deck type that matches your desired look.

Before staining or sealing, ensure your deck has had approximately 48 hours to dry after rainy weather or a cleaning. For best results for a wood deck, lightly sand the surface first. Then, apply the stain or sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and let it dry completely before using your deck. Stain or seal every two to three years.

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If you want to replace your old, worn-out deck, Volpe Enterprises’ deck remodel specialists are here to help! Our experienced professionals will work with you to design and build the perfect deck for your home, tailored to your unique needs and style. Request a quote today and give your home the beautiful and functional deck it deserves.

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