Be sure to check the following items off your list this season:
Inspect your deck. Hire a deck professional to check things out, or do the legwork yourself. Things to look for:
- Rot — check the surface, the steps, the areas where the deck attaches to your home and the underside of the deck
- Loose nails
- Loose boards
- Split wood/splintered areas
- Moss and algae
Make repairs. Whether hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, be sure to make necessary repairs to problem areas found in the deck inspection. Replace loose nails, repair loose or splintered boards, address any rot, remove debris, etc.
Restain and reseal. After making necessary repairs, keep your deck in its best condition — and preserve its looks — by restaining it and coating with a waterproof/UV-proof sealant.
With these simple maintenance steps, your deck will be enjoyable both now and for years to come!
And for those house-hunters looking for a new home with a new deck this spring, be sure to contact me, I would love to help you find a new home!