If you have a deck, i probably don’t need to tell you why they’re so great. People with decks love them because they provide a great place to spend time outside without having to sit in your grass or getting all covered in dirt. You can even host beautiful lunches and dinners on your deck.
Decks are often associated with summer and spring, so you might think neglecting it during the colder months is fine. While you might not be hosting any barbeques right now, it’s still important to have your deck maintained properly. There are a few things you should look for to determine whether or not it’s time to have a deck restoration done. Here are some things to keep an eye out for this winter.
Mold and Mildew
If your deck is growing mold and mildew in any area, it is an indication that it needs to be restored. This tends to happen when the deck is not cleaned for a while, which can happen in the winter. An easy way to fix your deck’s dirtiness is to get a pressure washer and spray away.
Dry rot is a big sign that your deck needs to be restored. In many cases it is the consequence of mold and mildew that build up and break away at the wood. Dry rot can be tough to spot without looking for it, so don’t be afraid to get down on your hands and knees and inspecting the ends of the boards.
Loose railing is not a rare thing to happen on decks. If you catch it soon enough, it’s a pretty easy remedy. If you let it sit, it could end up getting torn out accidentally, and taking a small chunk of the deck with it.
A broken down surface could occur over time, and it could also occur as a result of pressure washing. Regardless, if your deck has a worn down surface, it should be sanded until smooth and then sealed. As you enjoy your deck throughout the summer months, remember to keep an eye out for the above four signs. Restoring a deck is a lot easier and cheaper than replacing it, so maintenance is crucial.
If your deck is ready for a restoration, call your local painting company. Often people who are new to deck maintenance aren’t sure who can help take care of it. Your painting contractor usually offers some sort of deck services, so make sure you ask about what options you have to fix any issues you're having.