The deck is added living space to your home. It's a place to connect with the outdoors. You eat, relax, and enjoy your deck with friends and family. Decks can be expensive to replace or repair, so it only makes sense to want to preserve your deck for as long as possible. With a few easy maintenance tips, it is entirely possible to prolong the life of your deck for years of enjoyment.
● Repair Problems Early
It’s important to repair any damage to your deck as soon as you see something wrong. Water-damaged boards should be replaced immediately to prevent wood rot from developing and spreading, to other boards in your deck. Any loose boards or railings should be repaired and tightened. By fixing loose parts to the deck, you are able to prevent the compromised piece from impacting other parts of the decking structure.
● Clean and Seal
If you have a wooden deck, it’s important to hire a professional to clean and seal your deck regularly. With new decks, a power wash and new coat of sealant will be required about every two or three years. Though, as the deck begins to show signs of age, this may be required every year or every season. It’s important to fully power wash the deck to remove any mold or mildew. Select the right sealant to be sure that your deck stays protected from sun and water damage through the season.
● Pressure Wood Still Requires Care
Pressure-treated wood is often sold as a long-lasting, durable material. And to a point, that is true. Pressure-treated lumber often comes with a limited warranty, guaranteed for up to 20 years. Its makeup makes it resistant to insects, which helps to prevent damage caused by termites or certain wood-dwelling bees and wasps. Pressure-treated lumber must still be power washed and sealed just like any other lumber. The wood itself is still susceptible to damage from the elements and must be protected like you would protect any other wood.
● Be Mindful of Planters
Pots and planters filled with beautiful flowers are a great way to add some color and life to your deck. Be careful of placing the pots or planters directly onto the wood surface. Dirt that contains moisture can sit on the deck boards and cause water damage and rot. Always make sure to keep planters raised on concrete or brick pavers to create a barrier between the base of the planter and the deck boards.
At C&T Siding we regularly build and repair custom decks on residential homes. We are passionate about our work and would love the opportunity to help you enjoy your deck even longer. To learn more about how we can help maintain your existing deck, or build a new deck, contact our team today.