At long last, springtime is finally here, though it may not be quite the right temperature for backyard barbecuing just yet. If you’re anything like us you’re absolutely ready for deck weather but is your deck? Ice, snow, sun, and storms (along with other winter wear and tear) can damage a deck. And a deck that wasn’t in the best shape when temperatures turned cold could need extra care.
Of course, you can’t know what condition your deck is in until you’ve taken a look. Composite lumber or vinyl decks will likely need nothing more than a quick hose down – or a professional wash if it’s been a few years. Pressure treated wood decks, on the other hand, are subject to wood rot and decay, splitting, splintering, and warping. Inspect wooden decks from bottom to top, paying special attention to support beams and tightening/replacing hardware as needed.
On the surface and on railings, these common problems can be cosmetic issues that require nothing more than turning or replacing a board. However, if there is significant rot or water damage near support beams you may need to consult with a professional about repairs before using your deck.
Assuming that your deck does not need any major maintenance, it’s time to clean! Pressure washing isn’t always an option with treated lumber. Oxygen bleach is a non-toxic cleaner that’s safe to use on decks and won’t harm the plants and animals in your yard. Sealing is the next step to making sure your wood deck repels moisture and stays in top condition.
Did you know that Jerry Enos Painting offers deck refinishing and restoration? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten deck! Call us to find out more.