Your deck is a valuable addition to your home, providing a space for relaxing and entertaining outdoors. However, to keep your deck looking great and functioning correctly, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips on deck maintenance services and how to keep it looking its best.
Regular cleaning is essential for keeping your deck in good condition. Sweep away any debris or leaves, and use a garden hose or pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, and stains. You may need a cleaning solution or a mixture of water and bleach for tough stains or mildew. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any cleaning products you use, and rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue. If you’re too busy to clean your deck, call A&K Handyman for affordable services!
Staining and Sealing
Staining and sealing your deck helps to protect it from the elements, such as sunlight, rain, and snow. Staining and sealing your deck every two to three years is a good rule of thumb. Before applying a new coat of stain or sealant:
- Clean the deck thoroughly and allow it to dry completely.
- Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply the stain or sealant with a brush, roller, or sprayer.
- Use the product evenly and avoid overlapping.
Our contractor at A&K Handyman can quickly but efficiently apply stains and sealants to your deck boards.
Inspect for Damage
Regularly inspect your deck for signs of damage, such as loose or rotting boards, rusted hardware, or wobbly railings. Replace any damaged boards or hardware, and tighten any loose screws or nails. If you notice any structural damage, such as sagging or cracking, it’s important to have a professional inspect and repair the deck. Don’t feel bad if you feel uncomfortable or uncertain inspecting your deck yourself. A&K Handyman will gladly check your deck and perform repair services if necessary.
Trim Nearby Foliage
Trees, shrubs, and other foliage near your deck can cause problems if they need to be properly trimmed. Overhanging branches can drop leaves and debris onto your deck, promoting mold and mildew growth. In addition, roots from nearby plants can grow under your deck and cause it to shift or become unstable. Keep nearby foliage trimmed and away from your deck to avoid these issues.
Remove Snow and Ice
In colder climates, snow and ice can accumulate on your deck during winter. Use a plastic shovel or snow blower to remove snow, and avoid using metal tools that can scratch or damage the deck surface. If you need salt or other ice-melting products, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and avoid using products that can damage the deck. A&K Handyman provides snow and ice removal services in the winter.
Following these tips can help ensure your deck stays in good condition for years. Regular deck maintenance can save you time and money in the long run and help you enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest.
If your deck has been neglected over the past years and needs some extra love, A&K Handyman can help. We have extensive experience dealing with deck repairs and installs and will gladly help restore your backyard deck to its full potential. Contact our handyman today for more information!