With warmer weather just off the horizon, it’s time to make sure your deck has survived the winter. We always recommend enlisting the help of your local deck company for assistance with cleaning and maintenance, but there are a few things you can do on your own to prep your deck for spring. Here are four of the easiest maintenance tasks you can do at home.
- Clean Thoroughly
Every happy deck starts with a thorough cleaning. First, be sure to remove any lingering ice or snow. Next, use a pressure washer to evenly clean your deck and get rid of dirt and wood fibers. Make sure not to stay in any one spot too long, as this can leave unsightly marks on wood and necessitate deck repair.
- Look for Splitting
One of the biggest threats to decks heading into spring is splitting. Splits are problematic because they can continue to grow and worsen if left unattended. Fluctuating temperatures during March, April, and May also exacerbate this process. As warm air arrives, splits may appear to shrink. The next wave of cold air, however, can quickly make those splits contract and become worse. If you have significant splitting or damage, you may benefit from a new deck installation.
- Replace Broken Nails With Screws
If you spot any loose or broken nails on your deck, get them out of there. Instead of hammering them back into their original place, ditch them for a longer screw. Old nails may not be able to hold as well, but a screw is a surefire way to reattach any loose boards.
- Apply UV Protectant
Finally, help your deck out this spring and summer by applying a savvy sealant. Although most decks are designed to withstand years of abuse from weather, they’re still susceptible to sun damage. Use a wood sealant with UV protection to keep your deck healthy and happy this season.