Regular outdoor deck maintenance is important to ensure its beauty and functionality all year round. Now that winter is near, it is time to give this part of your home some TLC. Allstar Construction, one of the leading deck and roof repair companies in the local area, provides tips on how you can do so.
Inspect Your Deck
Perform a thorough inspection of your outdoor deck before you prepare it for the harsh winter weather. Start by sprinkling a little amount of water in certain areas. If the wooden boards absorb the water, it means they need to be resealed. Otherwise, your deck is safe for another winter.
Clean the Deck Thoroughly
The past few months, particularly the summer and early fall, may have taken a toll on your deck. Exposure to various elements, including moisture and the sun’s UV rays, can degrade the wood components. Thorough cleaning must be done to restore the whole structure to its attractive, eye-catching appearance.
Remove any clutter from your deck first. Then, store planters and other fixtures inside your home for the winter. This is to prevent wood discoloration. Just like what siding contractors recommend to homeowners when washing siding, it is also important to observe proper deck spraying using a pressure washer.
Apply Water-Resistant Seal
Proceed with this step once you’re done cleaning the outdoor deck. Applying the seal helps protect the deck surface from the damaging effects of winter, particularly moisture from snowfall. Be sure to follow the instructions indicated on the sealing product’s label. Improper sealing may cause water to penetrate the wood surface, leading to splitting and cracking.
For your exterior home improvement needs, turn to Allstar Construction. As one of the most experienced exterior renovation companies in the area, we are committed to delivering outstanding quality, value and innovation with every project on which we work. Aside from constructing decks and replacing roofs, we also do water and fire restoration and snow and ice dam removal.
Call us at (952) 698-3200 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.