One of the best parts about owning a home is having an outdoor deck one can enjoy in the summer months. It’s a great way to entertain friends, relax with family, and breathe fresh air. But if your deck isn’t properly maintained, it can quickly become an eyesore and a safety hazard. Keep your outdoor oasis looking gorgeous by following this comprehensive guide to deck maintenance.

washing and cleaning your deck

Cleaning Your Deck

Cleaning your deck frequently is the first step to keeping it in top condition. Dirt, mildew, and other debris that can cause damage over time can be cleaned this way. If you have a wood deck, use a mixture of warm water and detergent. For composite or vinyl decking, use a cleaner designed for those materials. Sweep away any excess dirt and debris from between the boards after cleaning your deck’s surface.

staining your deck

Applying Sealer or Stain

Once your deck has been cleaned, you may want to add sealer or stain for added protection against the elements. This will help prevent fading caused by UV exposure and moisture damage due to rain or snow. Choose a sealer or stain designed for the type of material your deck consists of. Decks made of wood may require special treatment, so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For maximum protection, apply two coats with an interval of 24 hours in between coats for each layer to dry thoroughly before adding another coat over the top.

Checking For Damage

Finally, inspect your deck periodically for any signs of damage such as cracked boards or loose nails/screws that need tightening up. Make sure all handrails are secure and check any steps leading onto the deck as well as any lower-level decks if they are attached to yours. These steps will help ensure that everyone who uses your outdoor oasis remains safe while enjoying its beauty!

With regular maintenance and care, your outdoor oasis can stay in top shape year after year and admire by family and friends alike! Oaks Home Services is your go-to provider for all your deck maintenance needs. Whether you need a brand new deck installed or just want to ensure that your existing deck is in top condition with our power washing services, our team of experts has got you covered. We specialize in all aspects of deck services, from design and construction to cleaning and maintenance. With years of experience under our belts, we guarantee that your deck will be in good hands. Contact us today or call us at (647) 619-4977 to learn how our team can help you transform your outdoor living space!