Summer is winding down, fall is on the way and we’ll soon be seeing nothing but weeks of poor weather. Which means your deck will be sitting alone and forgotten. After a long summer of standing up to the blistering sun — blistering depending on where in the Bay Area you’re located — the drastic change to rain and freezing temperatures will be tough. It’s no wonder you may be seeing cracks, fading and other damage. Not to fear, there is hope. With these 4 tips, you could have your deck looking as good as new.
Keep it Clean
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The truth is, our House Managers say you should be spending time at least once a week to clear off anything that has fallen on the deck. That includes leaves and debris from nearby trees and bushes which can get wet and rot if left in place. Moss and mold may require more care to remove, but there are special products available that can help. If you cook or barbecue on the deck, remove spilled oil or juices as quickly as possible. They can damage the finish.
Quick! Before the real rain starts! Experts recommend sealing your deck every two to three years so, if it’s been awhile, now is a great time to get it done. Be sure to look for a product that contains UV protection, will repel water and has a mildew inhibitor. The process is fairly straightforward and can be done yourself. Of course, AAA House Manager is here to help if you need us.
Tackle Repairs Quickly
This is key all year long because nothing will make your deck look older than wear and tear. As soon as you notice a missing screw, cracked or loose board, or protruding nails, take care of it right away. Don’t be afraid to replace a board completely if it is beyond repair. Spot fixes will cost you less time and money than if the entire deck is left to deteriorate. And be on the lookout for damaged or unsecured railings that could pose a safety hazard.
Remove Unnecessary Items
As we know, standing moisture is a deck’s worst enemy. By removing items that aren’t used regularly — furniture, bbq, potted plants, kids toys — you can help prevent moisture from pooling. When you’re cleaning, make sure there is enough space between boards for proper drainage. It’s a common area for debris to collect.
You may be saying farewell to your deck for the winter, but no need to kiss it goodbye completely. With a little TLC now, you can rest assured that once the sunny weather is back, your deck will be looking as good as new!