Fall Deck Care To-Do List
Fall is the ideal time to give your deck some extra attention. Such efforts will extend the life, health and beauty of this important outdoor space.
Along with regular sweepings, fall is a good time to pressure wash your deck. It’s the most effective way to deep clean the surface. That being said, power washing isn’t as easy as it might appear. It requires the right equipment and technique, otherwise the person doing the work can cause costly damage. Moreover, the right pressure and method is required for optimal results. Consequently, whenever possible, it’s best to leave pressure washing to the professionals
Fall offers the perfect opportunity to inspect your deck. During the inspection look for loose or warped boards, rot spots, loose hardware and structural integrity. If you notice any issues, it is best to make repairs as soon as possible. Otherwise they can become worse and more costly.
Preparation and Sealing
Make sure your deck is properly sealed prior to heading into the winter months. It is time to reseal when water absorbs into the wood, no longer beading up on the surface. Prior to staining and sealing, make sure your deck is clean and free of rot and other issues. Also, it’s important that the wood deck is completely dry (inside/out).
Now is a good time to inspect the area for any termites, insects or other creatures that might negatively impact your deck’s structure.
Store Outdoor Furniture
As the weather gets colder, it will be time to winterize or store deck grills, furniture, decoration and other items. Also, move any planters and clean any left behind dirt.
Keep It Clear
Keep your deck free of leaves and debris. If they sit too long on your deck they can lead to scratches and stains. Also, wet leaves on a poorly sealed wooden deck is certainly not a good thing.
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