Our maritime weather can be hard on decks. Sun exposure and our winter climate play a big factor in deck deterioration. Grass, shrubs, and leaves also increase spore reproduction, eventually causing mold. Staying on top of maintenance, however, means you’ll keep your deck safe and healthy year-round, and hopefully avoid costly repair bills.
To maintain a nice looking deck, keep this checklist handy!
Clean and Wash – Autumn
Remove any debris from your deck in Autumn, once the leaves fall off the trees. Left untouched, they will decay and eventually cause black spots. These black spots are mold, commonly found when mixing wood, spores, and water. Over time, this will eventually rot a wooden deck.
Bleach is one of the most effective solutions to remove black mold and mildew spots. Simply mix 1 cup of bleach into 1 gallon of water and scrub the deck thoroughly with a stiff-bristle broom or brush. Don’t forget to rinse with fresh water.
Once your deck is clear and clean of debris, apply a waterproofing deck sealer, which will repel water and make the deck last longer. To apply the sealer, it’s best to use a roller, and a brush for the hard-to-reach areas. It’s important to cover the entire deck surface with the sealer.
Pro¬ Tip: Use a Paint Mitt for the spindles to save a lot of time.
Maintenance & Repairs – Spring
Prepare your deck for summer fun by cleaning again in Spring. Inspect for loose or cracked boards and spindles, wobbly railings, exposed nails or screws. If you don’t feel up to the task of repairing boards, please consult a professional.