The deck is a perfect place to entertain guests or just hang out and enjoy the spring weather. However, wooden decks are prone to damage due to foot traffic, extreme sunlight exposure and moisture buildup.
In this post, your local home remodeling expert, Mid America Exteriors, shares helpful maintenance tips for wooden decks.
1. Keep It Clean
Flower pots should be placed on cement blocks instead of the deck’s surface. This is to prevent dirt and moisture buildup. Use a grill catcher on your deck as grease stains can be hard to remove. Regularly sweep your deck to prevent stains from dirt and other debris. Have your deck cleaned by professionals every two to three years.
If you have a new deck, hire an expert to kill mildew spores and get rid of surface impurities. However, wait at least 60 days after installation before cleaning and sealing as the wood needs to “age” first. Choose a reliable contractor for your decking and siding needs like Mid America Exteriors. We provide remarkable workmanship and the highest quality exterior materials.
2. Apply Stains
Protecting your deck can make it last longer. Depending on where you live, you should have your wood deck stained every couple of years. Opt for oil-based stains as they give the best protection for your deck and they fade naturally. Make sure that stain that has commercial sealant for protection against moisture.
3. Seal It Entirely
The entire deck should be well-sealed. Even old wooden decks can stay protected from swelling due to rain and dew moisture by sealing. It also shields the deck from the sun, which can cause the wood to shrink. Constant contraction and expansion of wood can lead to warping, cupping, and cracking.
4. Immediately Repair Any Damage
You can install a layer of plastic below the deck surface to prevent moisture from reaching the wood. Avoid dry rot by painting the underside of your deck. Loose boards or railings should be tightened. Also, replace or repair any rotten boards before the rot spreads.
With more than 50 years of experience, you can rely on Mid America Exteriors for deck repair and installation services. Our team also specializes in fiber cement, steel and vinyl siding installation. Call us at (316) 416-2045 or complete our online form for a free quote. We work with homeowners in Wichita and Derby, KS.