Tips For Caring For Your Deck

Written by Home Depot Shingles. Posted in lumber

Taking care of your deck is a great way to extend the life of your deck and get years of enjoyment. Of course, the right lumber from your trusted local building supply will ensure that your deck is built right, right from the start.

Wood, no matter the quality, always needs to be cared for. The average homeowners spend about $2200 to build their deck. Taking care of your deck is important. Whether you seal and stain or choose to paint, there is an element of necessary maintenance to help your lumber sustain for years to come.

Get Your Deck Ready for the Winter

There are a few steps you can take to get your deck ready for the winter months. The first thing you want to do is inspect your deck. This is a great time to make any necessary repairs. If you have loose or damaged boards, turn to the lumber supplier that your neighbors get their lumber.

Replace the damaged boards and tighten down any screws that have worked their way up. Next step, clean it thoroughly. One of the best things you can do to get your deck ready for the winter is to clean it well.

Dirt and debris can build up and become like sandpaper on your deck and quickly wear away the finish. Use a water hose or a pressure washer to remove all the built-up dirt and prepare the surface for sealing.

Now is A Good Time To Seal/ Re-Seal Your Deck

Fall is a great time to seal your deck. The weather is cooler so the seal will set better and of course, it is easier to work on the deck when it is cooler.

You can choose a seal with color or without. Seal the entire deck to prevent it against winter weather.

During the Winter

Once the winter weather arrives you will still have some things to do. Clear ice and snow off your deck as soon as possible. Even with a good seal, it is important that you do not expose your deck board lumber to long durations of wetness.

If you take care of your deck, your deck will always be there to help you enjoy life.

 

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