Your deck is a big investment. As such, it is important that it is well-maintained all year round. Now that fall is approaching, The Deck Store, your local remodeling contractor shares some tips you can follow to ensure your deck remains in top shape for many years.
Cleaning the Deck
If you didn’t get the chance to clean your deck last spring, fall is the perfect time to do so. Washing it prevents mold and mildew from multiplying, which can cause rot. Do this when the temperatures are mild.
The first thing you need to do is to use a putty knife to remove any standing debris stuck in between deck boards. Consider areas where deck boards cross the structural members underneath them. To make it easier, use a crevice cleaner for hard-to-reach parts.
Sweep the deck before you apply the cleaner. It is important that you choose the type of cleaner for the right material. A standard deck cleaner is suitable for wood, while a specially formulated one can be used for a composite deck. For vinyl decks, warm water mixed with mild soap is enough to remove mold, mildew and dirt.
Scrub the deck with the applied cleaner before rinsing. Let the deck dry for two days before applying the seal. You should tackle this project on a day with clear skies and mild to moderate temperatures.
After washing and sealing your deck, your deck company also reminds you to do the following before fall arrives:
Trim any bushes and trees near your deck. Allow at least 12 inches of space between your deck and foliage to halt any mold or moss growth.
Rearrange your tables, chairs, plants and other fixtures to prevent the deck from fading and discoloration.
Inspect gutters and downspouts to ensure they are in good condition.
The Deck Store is your trusted source for the best deck and patio design and construction in North Dakota. Our exterior home remodeling pros are ready to build beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. Call us today at (701) 223-1008 for more information. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Mandan, ND, and nearby areas.