Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Deck

deck maintenance tips

Summer is a great time to get some work done on your deck. It’s also one of the best times of year to use the deck. But before you head outside, making sure you’re taking the time to maintain your investment. Here’s a short list of deck maintenance tips to keep it in great condition for years to come:

  • Inspect your deck. Pennsylvania is subject to some extreme weather. From heavy snow to hot and humid summer days, your deck will see it all. All that moisture and sun will deteriorate your deck over time, so it’s important to fix small problems before they become major. Inspect your deck for issues like dry rot, protruding nails or loose boards. It’s not a bad idea to grab a flashlight and check or these issues underneath your deck, too.
  • Clean it up. While sweeping your deck will keep it looking nice, a thorough cleaning from time to time will go a long way. Make sure to select a cleaning product appropriate for whatever material your deck is made of. Wood and composite cleaners will not only freshen up your deck; they’ll prevent moss and mold from growing and deteriorating your deck.
  • Sand, stain, and seal the wood. While this doesn’t need to happen every year, it’s a good idea to do a little more work from time to time. Some deck-sealing products have wax additives which will cause water to bead. These are great products, but work for a shorter period of time. Staining your deck will protect the wood even after that wax has worn off. We recommend doing both.

Sometimes you can stain and seal your deck without sanding it. But if you sand your deck, make sure to stain and seal it afterwards. If you don’t, you’ll be leaving it open to the elements.

Don’t Make Maintaining Your Deck a Chore

Your deck shouldn’t be a burden. It’s your space to enjoy time with your friends and family, to cook a delicious meal, and share a few cocktails.

While some people love the ritual of preparing their deck for summer, there are probably a few readers dreading the idea of cleaning and sealing their decks.

If you need some help maintaining your deck or have questions about building a new one, give us a call or send us an email. For more tips, see our blog post about choosing the type of deck right for you!

Harmony Decking


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