One of the coolest additions you can make to your home is a deck. Decks can transform your entire backyard, and even give you an easier way to spend more time outside. You can plan barbecues or outdoor dinners, or even host parties for your friends or family. If you’ve added a deck to your home, you’re probably hoping to keep it around for as long as possible. Fortunately, decks can last decades if taken care of properly. Deck maintenance can be tricky if you don’t know how to approach it. It’s not as easy as washing and maintaining the floors inside your home. Your deck is outside, and has to come into contact with winds, rain, snow and sun. Dust and debris can get stuck in between the boards, and get compacted and hardened, making it extremely difficult to remove by hand.
The most effective way to clean a deck is a power washer. The high pressured water gets in between the cracks of your deck and clears away the hardened dirt. The only problem with that is that most people don’t have a power washer. This is where a painting contractor comes into play. You might be confused by that at first but if you think about it, you’ll understand that painters use pressure washers quite often. Before painting an exterior wall, professional painters pressure wash them to get rid of any dirt that can prevent paint from adhering properly. Since they have the equipment, most experienced painters offer pressure washing services even if you’re not using them to paint your home. That includes deck washing.
On top of keeping your deck clean and washed, you’ll need to keep an eye out for signs of damage. Since your deck has to brave all types of weather conditions, it’s going to eventually wear down. Once in a while you’ll need to do a deck restoration to replace old boards or handrails. This is extremely important because ignoring damage can actually be dangerous for anyone who walks on your deck. Moldy or damaged floorboards can give out when pressure is added to them. You can also use a professional painting contractor to restore your deck, so if you see any signs of damage or wear, or if it’s been awhile since your last restoration, call your local painting company in to give you an estimate. They’ll take a look and let you know what needs to be replaced, as well as go over an itemized quote beforehand.