Decks have become an increasingly popular and cost-effective way for homeowners to add a great space for entertaining. However, just like any other part of your home, decks require repair and maintenance to look their best. And now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it is a good idea to take a few minutes to inspect your deck. And here at LeafGuard, we wanted to take a moment to share three repairs to get your deck ready for spring.
Inspect the Deck
Winter rain, snow, and ice can wreak havoc on your deck. Leaving the joints, boards and hardware in need of repair. Damaged deck boards are a common problem and can be dangerous for anyone using the deck. That’s why replacing any areas of damage with new decking material is essential in having your deck ready for spring. It’s always a good idea to get all broken deck boards replaced at once to get a better price on material costs.
That winter weather can really do a number on your deck. And the dirt and grime can really pile up. But assuming it has been maintained regularly, most decks can be revived with a good cleaning. Start by clearing the deck of dirt, leaves, and other debris with a sturdy broom. Once the deck is clear of debris, use a power washer to clean away any dirt, grime, or algae stains quickly and efficiently. But, remember to use a low setting because a high pressure could damage the fibers of the wood.
New Coat of Sealant
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the surface of your deck, you need to apply a new stain or sealer to protect it from the elements. The stain should be water repellent or waterproof and offer protection against the sun. Though staining your deck will give it the color it once had or the one of your choosing, the more your deck is exposed to the sun, the sooner some areas of the deck will begin to fade. That’s why finding a good fade resistant sealant is essential to keeping your deck looking great all year long.
Here at LeafGuard, we wanted to take a moment to share three repairs to get your deck ready for spring. These three simple steps will have your deck looking great in no time. And if the water runoff from those old, open top gutters are causing damage to your home and deck, then eliminate that problem with one call to LeafGuard. Get the only patented one-piece seamless gutter system that’s built to stay clog free, GUARANTEED! Protect your deck this spring with a new LeafGuard system. And give us a call today to schedule your free in-home estimate and gutter inspection.