How to Care for Your Deck?

If you’re the kind of person who loves to lounge outdoors, you’ll definitely think that winter is a sad season. We’re one with you on this statement. This cold season closes our beautiful decks, which happens to be one of the few places we love to stay. This gives us a reason to do preparation for our decks so you avoid South Shore MA Deck Builders to repair your deck. After winter, we do some revisiting and attending care needs during spring. On top of winter and spring, let’s be strategic and fully utilize late spring and early fall as periods for our deck care. Here’s a comprehensive list on everything you need to know and follow come the mentioned seasons

Late Spring 

In late spring, we wash the deck; and after that we seal it. That’s the basic rundown for this season. Mildew might rise because of its humidity, making it a major concern for exteriors spaces. Fret not, you can combat mildew and other deck villains through these steps:  
 

  • Get rid of debris located at the top surface, the crevasses, and the cracks. This helps give your decks a fresh and clean start. 
  • On a cloudy day with a dry and warm weather, use warm water with a concoction of mild soap to scrub your deck. 
  • If you happen to have wood decks, we encourage you to use brush that has stiff bristles. You have to make sure that it doesn’t pool at any place. A garden sprayer can be a good alternative should you have difficulty to find one. 
  • When you want to do sealing of your deck, allow it to completely dry for two days. Before you get overwhelmed by the thought of sealing, consider first the material you’ll use.  Elevate your deck care by choosing a sealer that is clear. This material enables the natural grain of the wood to pop. If you have a hard time looking for clear sealers (as this is a hot selling item), semi-transparent ones are also good choices. They still allow some grains to show and more importantly, offers protection against weather damage.   

 

Early Fall 

We continue the preventive measure for your lovely decks with early fall. If spring maintenance is all about winter recovery and summer preparation, as for early fall, it’ll be the opposite. This season is all about recovering from the seasonal use. On a heavier note, this is all about saying goodbye to your lovely decks and prepare itself for the coming of time. 

  • Trimming is a must. Do this with your bushes, the tree branches, and other greens that might brush against your decks. This might cause direct damage or indirect. An example for this context is the buildup of mildews. 
  • Go look for corners and see if there are still debris and leaves. If they gather at one corner, they retain water. This can lead to having molds.  
     

These tips may lead you to working independently, but it’s also good to work with professionals. They make sure that every move is calculated leading to wonderful results.