Decks are great, and more homeowners either have a deck or want to have one installed than ever before. Just like any part of a home, decks also need to be maintained, especially wood decks (and yes, even treated decks). Water, humidity, wind and general wear can have your Overland Park deck looking beat up after only one season without proper care and protection.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to make sure your deck looks it’s best and remains your outdoor oasis for entertaining and relaxing.
5. Be Observant
Watch your deck for signs of deterioration. It sounds obvious, but it’s really important. Foot traffic, pets, kids, weather and even sunlight can have an impact on the health of your deck. Overland Park decks also have to contend with severe weather that can cause buildups of debris and damage sealants.
Keep an eye out for all the things that raise red flags. Nails that work their way out can cause injury. Insects can make a home out of your deck, dead leaves and vegetation that decay can leave stains. Air pollution can also cause stains, sunlight exposure can cause discoloration and mildew can grow on the undersides.
Make sure to watch for all of these signs and remember them so that you can build a seasonal maintenance plan that works for your particular Overland Park deck.
4. Keep it Clean!
Regularly cleaning will make for less maintenance in the long run! Don’t let plants and vegetation grown in places where it shouldn’t be near your deck. Keep all the leaves and other degradable materials, including food, from staying on the deck. Treat your deck how you would treat indoor hardwood floors!
By providing regular maintenance, and cleaning out the cracks, you’re more apt to notice any problems that are taking place too. Plus, you’ll feel better about how your deck looks and be proud to use it as a space for entertaining.
3. Seal Your Overland Park Deck
Applying a sealant is usually a once per year process. You’ll need to hit up your local hardware store and find the sealant that works best for your needs. While there are drastically different colors and looks available, it’s even more important to think about how long the stain will last. You should also consider if it provides extras like UV protection for decks in direct sunlight and if it can stop fungal growth.
Some of the more expensive sealants can provide multiple year protection under normal use. While it’s up to you which you choose, you need to make sure that your deck is sealed to make sure that it stays in useable, beautiful condition.
2. Power Cleaning!
This can be the fun part – before you seal your deck you need to make sure to get it really, really clean. You don’t want to seal in any debris after all. So you can either get down and scrub every bit of it by hand, which might be a great job for your kids, or you rent / borrow a pressure washer. While the pressure washer may cause a little more wear, it’s going to get the deck a lot cleaner, take a lot less time and be a heck of a lot more fun.
Make sure to start at the lowest setting that will work, say 500 psi or so. Make sure to get every nook and cranny, stair spindles and hand rails. After you’re finished power washing your Overland Park deck, let it dry for around 3 days before applying your sealant – again, you don’t want to seal in moisture.
1. Use the Right Stuff
This sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually one of the most important things you can do for your deck. Read the directions on any product or pressure washer you use.
Power washing against the grain of your deck can cause damage that needs to be sanded away, for example. Applying deck stain in the wrong temperature weather or before it rains can cause it to be sticky for weeks, and you may even have to reapply the coat. Remember, Google is your best friend for finding additional information on the type of wood you have and the right products to use with it.
Take all of this advice, and your Overland Park deck can stay beautiful for many years before needing any serious maintenance or repairs. Keep enjoying the outdoors, keep entertaining, and keep making memories by keeping your deck in top shape!