Prepping Your Deck for Spring 

March 1, 2023

After what has felt like a very long winter, spring is finally beginning to show signs that she is ready to make her grand entrance. When that happens, New Englanders will be excited to get outdoors and enjoy their patio, deck, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit once more. 

While we count the days with bated breath and watch as the thermometer rises ever so slowly, here are a few things homeowners can do to prep that outdoor space so it is ready for entertaining as soon as Mother Nature allows. 


Visual Inspection 

Since your deck may have been covered with some snow and most certainly not in use on a daily basis this winter, it’s always a good idea to start the spring season off with a visual inspection of the boards and support footers as well as railings and other features. 

If your deck consists of wood, especially natural redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated wood, it’s smart to take a look around for splintering wood, discolored wood, soft spots, and rotting wood. 

Once you have done a thorough job of examining the deck and patio area, it’s time to get working on repairs, power washing, and in some cases, re-staining the wood to bring out the natural beauty that lies beneath. We pride ourselves on bringing out that beauty by reversing the ravages of time.

Power Wash 

Once an inspection has been completed on the deck area and repairs to the wood have been made, it’s time to wash all the grime, salt, and debris that can accumulate on the surfaces over the course of the winter. 

Pressure washing can remove trace chemicals as well as dirt and grime that make your deck look worn or old. Power washing is about more than looks, though. Unlike conventional cleaning methods that leave behind detergents or rely on harsh chemicals to get rid of stains and grime, pressure washing actually rejuvenates wood, concrete, vinyl, brick, and other surfaces by removing entire layers of built-up dirt and particulates, oil, gum, and other gunk. 

If your deck area also includes hardscapes such as a garden wall, walkway, or firepit area, a power wash can do wonders to improve the aesthetics of these areas as well. 


Once the deck has been given a chance to dry completely, it may be time to stain. Depending upon the condition of the wood and how much repair work was done, a re-staining can help protect the wood from ultraviolet rays from the sun as well as bring back the original luster of the wood. deck

At Jerry Enos Painting, we can help your outdoor entertaining area come out from its winter hibernation and get ready to shine. Talk to our team today about power washing and staining your deck for the outdoor season that is just around the corner. 


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