The outdoor deck is vulnerable to the elements of nature. For this reason, it needs frequent upkeep. Here are some tips that can help you maintain your deck. Deck maintenance is pretty simple and it only needs to be done once a year. You should ideally seal the deck in order to prevent any kinds of leakages and then you should stain the deck. The best time to do this is during the spring. Most people end up cleaning their house during this time anyway so the deck should get scrubbed and cleaned properly as well. Another advantage is that if you maintain the deck during the spring, you then prepare it for the summer and the winter after that. Since the least amount of deck damage is usually caused during this time, you will have a nice shiny deck to put out your summer furniture and enjoy the space.
When starting the task of deck maintenance, you’ll first want to inspect the surface of your deck, as well as the steps and handrails, for signs of stress. Look for broken or rotting boards, curling, cracking or loose areas. Replace boards as needed to prevent further damage and possible injuries. Check for loose or missing nails, bolts or screws. These fixtures hold the deck together, so it’s important to thoroughly inspect them at least once a year. Drive any loose nails back into place with a hammer, and use a drill with a screwdriver attachment to tighten existing screws and replace missing fasteners.