As we transition from the colder season into the hot Utah summer, homeowners around the state are thinking about several important areas of both interior and exterior maintenance. One such theme within the latter realm: Ensuring any decks on your property are in good shape following the winter, and are ready for the hot weather approaching.
At Crown Finish, custom deck services are just one small part of our wide-ranging handyman and contractor program for clients in Orem and many other parts of Utah. What are some of the things you should be thinking about with regard to prepping your deck for the upcoming hot weather, whether on your own or with help from our professionals? This two-part blog will go over a number of important themes.
Inspecting the Deck
First and foremost, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to give your deck a thorough inspection as the warmer months approach. This will help you identify any potential problem areas that may have developed over the winter, and which will need to be addressed before they cause any bigger issues.
When inspecting your deck, take note of any cracks or splinters in the wood, any nails or screws that may be protruding, and any loose boards. Also make sure to check the handrails, balusters, and stairs to ensure they are all secure and in good condition. If you have a deck with a roof or awning, make sure that everything is still properly attached and in good shape.
Cleaning the Deck
Next up, you should take the time to give your deck a good cleaning. This will help remove any dirt, grime, or debris that has accumulated over the winter, and will also help you get a better sense of the condition of the wood itself.
You can use a power washer for this task, but be careful not to use too much pressure, as this could damage the wood. If you don’t have a power washer, you can also use a garden hose and a stiff-bristled brush. Start by wetting down the deck, then scrubbing it with the brush to loosen any dirt or debris. Once you’ve done that, rinse off the deck with the hose to remove all the suds, then let it dry.
Painting or Staining
For many decks, an extremely helpful step in preparing for the warmer months is to give the wood a fresh coat of paint or stain. This will help protect the wood from the elements and will also improve its overall appearance.
If you decide to go this route, make sure to use a quality exterior paint or stain, and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. In most cases, you will need to wait for the deck to dry completely before applying a second coat.
Once you’ve finished painting or staining, you can also add a sealant to further protect the wood. This is especially important if your deck is exposed to direct sunlight or other harsh weather conditions.
In part two of our series, we’ll look at some more significant jobs you may consider for your deck at this time of year, including certain remodels that may be beneficial. For more on this, or to learn about any of our Orem handyman or general contractor services, speak to the team at Crown Finish today.