Decks are a stunning addition to a home, but they require maintenance to keep them in excellent condition. Especially in the summer, the sun and heat can do serious damage if you aren’t proactive. Follow these tips to maintain your outdoor deck during this sweltering season.
Wash and Treat Your Deck
Cleaning your deck should be a regular chore in the spring, fall, and summer. Any debris that’s ignored can lead to moss or mold growth. Even dirt that’s allowed to set into the wood, especially if the deck hasn’t been properly stained and sealed, can cause damage.
Cleaning is important, but if not done properly, it does more harm than good. If you’re using a pressure washer, go with the grain to avoid damaging the wood. Also, pick the right type of cleaner and follow the instructions. A wood deck needs standard cleaner, for example, but some require that the deck be wet before applying the material. Composite decks need a specific type of cleaner, and vinyl can simply be washed with warm water and soap.
Catch Up on Winter and Spring Maintenance
Summer isn’t the only season that can damage your deck. If you went through a snowy winter or rainy spring, your deck may be in rough shape and exposed to significant damage during the summer. One of the best things you can do in this case is to work with a professional. A local specialist can find areas that need repair, ensuring they’re fixed before the heat sets in.
Finally, if you see a need for any maintenance that’s outside of your skillset, call a pro to guarantee your outdoor deck is ready. With some initiative, you can protect your investment for years to come. Apply these tips to maintain your outdoor deck through even the most intense summers, and schedule an inspection with Willamette Power Roofing and Roof Cleaning to ensure you’re ready for the season.