Whether you have one already or looking to install it on your property, a deck is a wise investment for any homeowner. A deck is an extension of your home and allows another for another space for you to entertain people. If you have a wooden deck or looking to invest in one, it is essential that you know how to maintain it. Luckily, there are few simple tips to caring for a wooden deck so that lasts for many years to come.
Inspect and Check
When it comes to taking care of your deck, it is essential that you inspect it for damage regularly, specifically rot. Right now is the perfect time to inspect your deck since we are approaching summer and you will be using your deck more and more. Make sure to inspect each part of your deck specifically the areas that you do not see from the outside such as underneath the stairs. You can check for rot by stick a flat head screwdriver is a piece of your wooden deck and if it goes in a quarter of an inch or more, then you probably have rot.
Clean and Wash
An important aspect of caring for your deck is to clean and wash it regularly throughout the year. Since it is the middle of spring, you should sweep your deck and remove any debris that is on it. Washing your deck is simple; all you need is a hose and a deck cleaning solution that removes mildew and dirt. If you have a large deck, you should look into investing in a power washer.
One of the best ways to maintain and extend the life of a deck, especially an older one, is to apply sealer every few years. The best way to tell if you need to seal your deck is to apply a few drops of water on the wood, and if it does not bead up, then you need to apply the sealer. You should go to your local home improvement store and find the right sealant for your specific type of wooden deck. Apply the sealant with a brush or a roller pad.
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