Yes! The warmer months are here. If you haven’t been able to spend a lot of time out on your deck this past winter, we’re pretty sure you’re itching to do so now that spring is here. Hold on to your horses. Before you welcome spring on your deck, read on for some tips on preparing your deck for the new season.
Enlist help to move out each piece of deck furniture out of your deck. An empty deck makes it easier for you to make a visual inspection. It is also makes cleaning straightforward and uncomplicated. Cleaning around furniture, moving them back and forth is inefficient and a waste of time. Remove furniture, pots, grills, and anything that keeps the deck from being completely clear.
Examine your deck thoroughly for surface wear, cracked or cupped boards, mildew, rot, rust, and loose fasteners. Don’t forget to check your railings. Gently shake them and see if there is any give. Make repairs on minor problems. Immediate resolutions to small issues will help you avoid major and most probably, costly repairs. It will also keep the deck safe before anyone uses it.
Strip away any peeled or chip paint. Make sure that the surface of the deck is smooth.
Winter can leave many traces behind. With moisture sitting on your deck for an extended period of time, there may be a buildup of mold, grime or rot. Address these issues immediately.
Get a sturdy broom and sweep through your deck. Try to get in between the boards as well as you can. Don’t forget to clean the areas where the boards meet the house.
When you’re done with the broom, get a long-handled brush and a good cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner you use is the right product for your deck material. Go over your deck with these. If you have to, get down on your hands and knees to scrub stubborn grime and muck. Make sure you remove all the dirt and debris that have accumulated over the winter season.
Rinse your deck thoroughly. If you have a pressure washer, it would be an excellent idea to use it. Water will be able to penetrate those nooks and crannies that your broom or brush weren’t able to get in to. Make sure that the pressure washer nozzle is pointed at least 12 inches from the surface to avoid board damage and that no water is left in these nooks and crannies when you’re done rinsing. You may also want to avoid using the pressure washer on your railing as this can weaken it and create a safety risk.
Don’t forget to clean your deck furniture. Mildew and fungus can also get in to furniture and should be removed before you use them. If you have an outdoor grill, take it apart and scrub it before putting it all back together. Fire pits also need thorough cleaning. Make sure they are all air dried before using them.
Also check the lighting fixtures if there are any. Make sure they are debris free. Any glass coverings should be wiped clean to make it more energy efficient.
Allow a couple of days for your deck to thoroughly dry. This is very important especially if you are planning to seal or stain your deck.
You may want to leave your deck in its natural state or you may also want to consider sealing or staining it. Sealing or staining gives protection from the elements. A transparent seal protects your wood deck while showcasing its natural finish. A stain gives more protection against the harmful UV rays of the sun.
If you did decide to seal or stain your deck, make sure it’s completely dry before returning all the deck furniture. You can now put back all the clean furniture and accessories back to their original places or you can rearrange them. Spring means new beginnings and you might want to have an entirely different deck look just by moving your furniture around.
This new season could also be the best time to get those things you have been wishing for last year like those solar deck lights for safety at night or maybe that awning you wanted to install for more protection from the elements. For more ideas, check out this article: What’s Trending in Decks?
There you go! Now you can get out of that cabin fever rut and enjoy the new season outdoors. Spring it up and cheers!
Oh, by the way, after you’ve taken that first spring deck time, you may want to scrub the exterior of your house. Your home would look so forlorn and dingy next to a sparkling clean deck. Take some time to wash and wipe down the exterior walls, windows, and/or window or door screens. Just a little bit more of elbow grease and your house will look just as great as your deck.
A few more things to do to make your deck time more enjoyable this spring:
- Remove piles of wood, stone or other debris from around the building to avoid rodent, insect, termite or spider infestation.
- Prune shrubs, trees and other vegetation (recommend a minimum of 12 inches from the roof/deck) to avoid insect infestation, hard-to-clean sap and potential storm damage.
- Clean leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to avoid drainage problems.
If you don’t have the time to prepare your deck for spring or you would simply rather have professionals do these services for you, check out Westside Company. We are a decking contractor with many years of experience in maintaining and repairing decks of all types in a vast area of Southern California including Inglewood, Downey, Brea, Anaheim, and Los Angeles.
We would gladly assist you with your deck spring check up and maintenance as well as do the repairs as needed. Our team of trained experts has worked with a variety of deck materials and has encountered and resolved different types of deck problems. Call us at 310 994 4626 or email us at email@example.com.