Preparing your Deck for the Summer

It’s that time of the year again, time to start preparing your deck for the summer. As the weather warms up, and the days get longer, we all prep to spend some time outside. If you own a deck, it’s time to get it prepped and ready. Here are some things you can do to make your deck summer-ready.

Inspect Deck

First step in preparing your deck for summer is the initial inspection. After all the snow has melted, clear anything you stored on the deck. While running an inspection on the deck. Check to see what damage it’s accumulated over the winter. Make sure it is still structurally sound for usage.

Fix Up

After your initial check, if your deck isn’t structurally sound, hire a professional to fix it. If it is structurally sound but has some wear here and there, then those are usually some quick fixes that you can do on your own.

Wash up

Clear off any remaining items on the deck to prep it for cleaning. Depending on how dirty your deck looks, you can do a variety of cleaning methods. If your deck only has some debris, you can do with a light cleaning. Sweep off the debris, then give it a quick wash with a hose.

However, if your deck has grime caked on, you’re going to need a deep cleaning. Gently scrub with a sponge at the grime and hose it down. If needed use a power washer. Be sure to use a cleaner that won’t strip your sealant.

You want to wash your deck before it gets too warm outside. Washing it in the summer can stress the wood[1].

Staining and Sealing

Staining your deck is the final step in preparing your deck for the summer. Don’t stain or seal if you don’t need to. However, if the staining has been stripped or grime has seeped deeply, you might need to re-stain to restore luster to your deck. After staining, apply a sealant.

After all of that, your deck will be ready to be used. Get your grill ready, arrange the furniture, maybe add some lights and enjoy the summer on your deck.

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/simple-steps-to-get-your-deck-ready-season

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