How to Keep Your Wood Deck Looking Good

AFTERA wood deck can last for years if properly cared for, on the other hand it can also deteriorate very quickly if it is not properly taken care of.  If you take care of your deck it will last a long time and also look good.  Taking the time to follow a few simple preventive tips to wood deck care will also help cut down an the maintenance required too.

Wood decks take a lot of abuse year round.  Winter snow and ice accumulation can rot and warp your deck.  Fall can bring dead leaves accumulating on the deck surface trapping water and dirt that will also cause rot.  Summertime brings harsh UV rays for the sun that can cause the wood to dry out and fade.  Spring rains can bring rain water pooling up causing rot and mold growth.

Wood Deck Tips

1).  The most important thing is to NOT trap dirt.  Keep your wood deck free from dirt by sweeping it regularly.  Clean under pot and planters.

2).  If you have a grill on your deck you should remove the grease from the deck surface.  Grease stains are hard to remove so it is a good idea to just keep it off of your deck.  You a grease catcher.

3). Regular sweeping will prevent leaves and dirt accumulation.

4). Keep you deck sealed.  Reseal your deck every two to three years.

5).  During winter it is important to keep your deck shoveled even if it is not in use.  Keeping wet snow and ice off your deck will help it last longer.

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Wood Deck Maintenance – Keep Your Deck Looking Good

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Decks are a great way to enhance your outdoor living are and help improve your home value.  Most people love to entertain their guests outside during the summer months and nothing is worst than have an old weathered deck with wood splinters, discoloration, and rotted boards.  To keep your wood deck in good sound structural shape and keep the natural beauty of your wood intact it is important to do a little deck maintenance.

Does A Wood Deck Need Maintenance?

Most wood decks are made with pressure treated wood but some are also made of redwood which has a natural preservative in it.  A deck built with good quality pressure treated pine with last for years but it can start to splinter and discolor after only a few months if not properly maintained.  By not properly maintaining your deck it can dry out and splinter and discolor.

Should I Seal My New Deck?

You should seal your wood deck to help keep it looking good and protect it from the elements.  A deck sealed will be easier to clean off dirt.  Cleaning and sealing a deck will also kill and remove any organic mater growing on the boards like algae.  You should seal your wood deck after a few weeks, giving it time to stabilize.

How To Maintain A Wood Deck?

To maintain your wood deck it is recommended to check your deck once a year  for rotted or loose wood boards and protruding nails.  When cleaning your wood deck you should remove all the dirt, algae, and moss growing on your deck.  To seal your wood deck apply a clear or semi-clear wood sealant.

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What Happens If I Don’t Maintain My Deck?

Many people never do anything to their deck.  Deck maintenance will make the wood deck look good for years and will cut down on wood splinters.  Dirt and organic matter accumulates on decks and can make them slippery, which can be a potential safety hazard.

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Can I Hire Someone To Maintain It For Me?

You can hire someone to maintain your deck for you.  Hiring a contractor to maintain and repair your deck is a good idea, especially for older homeowners.  Today’s busy lifestyle can make it hard to find time to do maintenance and repairs.

Central Iowa Fencing is a contractor located in Central Iowa that specializes in decks, fences, custom gates, and railings.  New deck installation or deck restoration is also offered by our expert craftsman.

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