Your deck is a lovely extension of your home. It’s the perfect place to enjoy summer BBQ or host a party. Regardless of how you use your deck, annually, there are several things you should do to keep your deck in tip-top shape.

Debris

Keep leaves removed from the deck. Not only does it look better, but it’s also better for the deck itself. Debris on the deck can shorten the deck’s life by causing decay. Though autumn is the most obvious time to beware of leaves, your deck may be coated with leaves after a summer thunderstorm too. Some forms of foliage have a greater tendency to shed, so be aware of the types of plants and trees in your yard before building a deck. Consider removing the “dirty” trees altogether to help your deck’s health.

Wash

Though a broom often does the trick for removing leaves, yearly you should also thoroughly clean your deck by washing it. When washing your deck, there are a few things to keep in mind. Though pressure washers are handy, they are powerful tools. Applying water too aggressively could remove not only the dirt, but the surface of the deck itself. To avoid such a catastrophe, be sure to follow these deck pressure washing tips. Don’t worry - you don’t need a pressure washer to wash your deck. Water and detergent with a scrub brush can also complete the job.

Repairs

Regularly check your deck for needed repairs. Broken boards and protruding nails not only look shabby, but they pose a safety threat. Keep in mind that maintaining (or failing to maintain) your deck plays a role in the value of your home.

Sanding & Sealing

Your deck will inevitably need sanded and sealed. Depending on the type of deck material, climate, and regularity of use, the frequency at which you will need to do so will vary. Regardless, it is important that you follow these guidelines for sanding and sealing your deck.

Painting?

Painting or staining your deck is the best way to protect it from the hot sun and ever changing weather. Matching your deck to your homes accent colors is a fantastic way to tie everything together in your back yard.