5 Tips To Protect and Maintain Your Deck
Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Thursday, May 09, 2019
Decks are usually the favorite feature in outdoor homes. When the weather is nice, there’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of your backyard than sitting out on your deck.
As you well know, the ever changing weather can wreak havoc on your beautiful natural wood deck. In order to keep it looking its best, there are a few strategies that we recommend that you implement.
This TLC will keep your deck looking its best and in good repair, while keeping large-scale repairs at bay. Plus, this maintenance minimizes splinters!
Tip 1: Annual Cleaning
Decks start growing mold and mildew. This will break down your natural wood and cause it to deteriorate. We recommend scrubbing your deck with a deck cleaner to remove mold, mildew, and dirt. A good cleaning can restore the shine!
An extremely effective method for deck cleaning is to use a power washer. Keep in mind, while power washing may seem like a tempting option, it may be best to leave it to the pros!
During the power washing process, the water shoots out of the nozzle at high velocity. This easily removes dirt, grime, mildew etc. Unfortunately, this can also remove stain and paint and scar your surface! Our painters are certified in power washing safety and application so you can rest assured that we will do the job correctly.
Tip 2: Clear the Space
Debris, particularly leaves, collect in corners on unused decks. This is a perfect place for moisture to seep into your deck and seriously damage the natural wood. Wood rot is a very real concern when dealing with debris sitting on your deck.
Your deck has been designed to drain in order to keep moisture at a minimum. Help this process along by keeping your deck clear.
Tip 3: Routine Staining & Sealing
Nothing looks better than a freshly stained and sealed deck. The gloss and rich colors create a beautiful focal point in your yard. Beyond beauty, this also provides essential protection against wood rot, insects, UV damage, moisture intrusion and more.
Although you can stain and seal a deck after the finish is in bad repair, at that point it might be too late to repair the damage. By keeping up with routine staining and sealing, you are investing in the future of your deck.
Tip 4: What’s Under Your Furniture?
Many decks have beautiful outdoor rugs. These outdoor rugs add an element of style and can even protect the deck from the wear and tear of the deck furniture.
However, you need to be cognizant of the material that the rug is made from. You don’t want moisture to collect under your rug and rot your deck! Recycled plastic rugs are not only great for the environment, but they’re also a great choice since they don’t absorb moisture!
Tip 5: Partner With Sundeleaf Painting For Routine Maintenance
Sundeleaf Painting has been serving Portland Oregon for three generations. Our dedication to offering the best service to the community has allowed us to become Portland’s most trusted painting company.
We can help you set up a routine to keep your deck looking its best. We can provide annual inspections, power washing services, staining and sealing and deck repair! To learn more about our services, and set up a time to inspect your deck, fill out our contact form, or give us a call.