A deck is a perfect outdoor addition to any home. In the springtime, a deck in the Midwest suffers through every type of weather. These deck maintenance tips will keep your outdoor space ready for an exciting party or a quiet night under the stars.
Pep Up Your Deck
Watch for Rot
Winter might be on its way out, but April showers are just beginning. Wood rot can be one of a deck’s most dangerous threats, weakening boards and destabilizing the entire structure. Schedule regular inspections to examine your deck for rot, and if you find rotted boards, call a professional to replace them right away and keep the rot from spreading. Sealing the deck every two to three years will protect your deck from Midwest moisture and keep that rot away.
Regularly Maintain Your Deck
A deck is a worthwhile investment that needs a little TLC to stay in tip-top shape. When cleaning your deck, be sure to clear all debris before using a cleaner that removes mildew, oxidation (which causes those beautiful boards to turn gray), and dirt. It can be easy to forget that the deck needs to be maintained as lovingly as an indoor room simply because it’s outside. Washing and staining your deck will increase the longevity of the deck while also keeping it looking nice throughout the year.
Make Repairs Immediately
Creaky boards, shifting railings, and loose stairs can all be signs that your deck is starting to wear down. A deck is a place for family and friends to gather. If you notice that something is out of place, the best thing is to remedy the issue as soon as possible, for the safety and security of your loved ones. Replace any boards that are splintering or rotted and tighten any loose bolts or screws that are causing wobbly railings.
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