A backyard is one of the most valued aspects of a home, not only because of increased financial value but because of its added leisure value. However they do require their fair share of maintenance. Falling leaves, pollen, dust, and other natural elements can take a toll on your outdoor living space but these simple maintenance tips will help you keep it looking brand new.
Sweeping fallen debris is the first thing to take care of when it comes to deck maintenance. You may need a more powerful force, in which case we recommend upgrading to a leaf blower. But be sure to eliminate any particles that have built up over time. Next, wash your deck with a power washer. These can be purchased or rented (and also be used to wash siding, driveways, and walkways) so they are great investments. However, too much water pressure can cause wood splintering or fraying so be cautious.
If your wood has already splintered, it will need sanding or replacement. Harsh weather conditions can quickly deteriorate the quality of your deck if it’s not properly sealed, and sometimes, even if it has been. If any boards are damaged or rotten, sanding or replacing them is the key to getting your deck back on track.
If you find that your deck has algae or mold in some areas, pre-treating those areas with specially-formulated solutions before washing your deck is a must, otherwise they are likely to come back over time. Otherwise cleaning the deck with a chemical solution is the final step in the maintenance process which cleans and helps preserve the wood. This can be applied with many different tools such as a paint roller, garden sprayer, or stiff-bristled push broom, but your goal is to ensure that it soaks into each wooden board. After rinsing it, let it dry for at least two days before considering applying a sealer or other product.
We know how valuable your home is and your outdoor oasis is no different. Taking the best care of your home and property will yield a greater resale value as well as greater enjoyment from you. Give us a call at (800) 414-4806 if it’s time to update your home! We’re happy to provide a free consultation on windows, gutters, siding, and more! Our professional experts can help you create the home of your dreams.