Deck Maintenance: It’s Basic but It’s Necessary

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The quickest way for your deck to fall into disrepair is to not perform basic deck maintenance on it. Even the nicest, newest, and most well-built decks will begin to show age and issue if you ignore basic deck maintenance. At Harmony Decking, we know the importance of deck maintenance and want your deck to last as long as possible. That’s why we’ve compiled a few ways to perform basic deck maintenance that can help you upkeep your deck and keep it in tip-top shape.

Tips for Basic Deck Maintenance

Basic deck maintenance is something you should do every year. You can do it yourself or call in the experts. Either way, here are the most important basics to keep your deck in top shape:

  1. The first and easiest thing you’ll want to do is a basic inspection. This should be done consistently, at least once a season if not more. Make the rounds on your deck. Any boards loose or out of place? Any rot? Nails loose or protruding dangerously? These are the most basic things you’ll look for to know what you’re dealing with. Tackle these simple things head on and replace them quickly to ensure not only the longevity of your deck, but the safety of those using it.
  2. The next thing to do is wash your deck. It’s best to do this yearly. An appropriate deck cleaner can be found at the hardware store. Avoid acid-base cleaners and chlorine. These will begin to strip the color from your wood. When washing, use a pressure washer or a broom. If you do use a pressure washer, however, make sure to keep the pressure minimal. Keep enough distance between the deck and nozzle. Too much pressure isn’t good for the wood of your deck.
  3. Staining the deck is another part of basic deck maintenance. It’s going to help preserve the color. Some deck stains even contain mildewcide, which will help with upkeep against mildew and mold. For best results, choose a stain that will seep into the wood, not just sit directly on top.
  4. Last, seal the deck. You can decide if sealing is necessary by the wood’s reaction to water. If droplet sink into the wood right away, it’s time to seal. It’s important to wait for the stain to dry before you begin. Check the weather before you begin. You won’t want a rainy day to ruin the stain before you can seal it. You can use sprayers or paint brushes/rollers to seal your deck.

Want the Experts? Harmony Decking is Here to Help

Basic deck maintenance is something that’s possible to do on your own, but there is no shame calling in the experts. Harmony Decking knows exactly what to do and can do it in minimal time. If you need help with basic deck maintenance, give our deck experts a call at 215-290-7727 or fill out our online form. We’re just a call or click away!

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