Decks and patios are great additions to any home. They boost curb appeal and are full of limitless possibilities for fun and entertainment. It’s the ideal venue for your next cookout, birthday party, or even just a small get-together with friends. Any beautiful deck or patio is sure to become the new centerpiece of your home’s backyard, and the nucleus of family fun.
It can almost be said that you can’t have suburbia without one of these two outdoor additions. There’s just something indescribably magical about sitting outside at dusk with friends and loved ones, especially during the summer months when the sunset is punctuated by the glow of fireflies. But to keep that magic alive, your deck and/or your patio will need some tender loving care. As with all things outside, your outdoor spaces are exposed to the elements and have to constantly deal with moisture, temperature changes, bugs, grime, mold, and everything in between. It is for this reason that maintenance of your outside spaces is a big part of home maintenance.
Without regular care, these elements can cause even the best deck or patio to start falling apart, making it unsafe to use. Fortunately, deck and patio maintenance is relatively simple. So long as a few steps are followed to keep things running smoothly every year, your outdoor living space will remain trouble-free for years to come.
A deck can be kept in top-notch shape with just a few simple deck maintenance jobs.
Wash the Deck
The first order of business is deck cleaning. Washing your deck will help to clear it of any mold, mildew, moss, and other debris which can help accelerate rot and cause other problems. If you have any plants near your deck, be sure to cover them before you start cleaning.
Power washing is a great way to strip off most of the gunk that likes to accumulate on decks, while a putty knife can help scrape out the more stubborn stuff from between planks. Power washing can damage composite decks so it is recommended that you use a broom instead if you have a deck made of composite materials.