If you have just recently spent a large amount of money installing a new deck you don’t want to let the investment go to waste, so you need to endure you look after it, so it lasts a long time. There are many ways you can treat it, and there are many things you need to consider when you use your deck. Here are five of the best tips we can offer to make sure you get the most out of your deck for the next decade or more.
Clean Your Deck Regularly
At least once a year you should clean your deck thoroughly with high pressure to ensure you remove all dirt and grime that builds up between the slats. It’s also important that you remove any mold or mildew, as well to ensure that your timber does not rot. Using a special deck cleaner is the best option and can be discussed with tour decking specialist. Moss is also a common thing that should be removed from decks as soon as you notice it.
Regularly Check Your Deck For Rot, Mold or Mildew
You must visibly check for mold and mildew regularly to ensure if it does appear that it does not get out of control. If you see mold or mildew, it needs to be treated straight away to ensure it doesn’t spread. Checking for rot frequently is vital to the longevity of your deck. The best way to test is with a screwdriver or sharp tool. Dig the tool into the timber in a hidden spot, and if it goes into the timber very easily, it might mean you have rot. From here it is best to contact a professional to run some proper tests.
Check For Splintering
Check yearly to see if any of the areas around your deck or stairs are showing signs of splintering. Sand it back if you see any signs and re-treat the timber to suit the rest of the deck.
Use The Right Sealant
The best way to maintain the quality of the deck’s appearance is by using the correct sealant, to begin with, and continue to use it for its lifetime. Using a sealant that has a UV sunlight protector is very important and maintaining the appearance will also ensure the sealant is doing its job for years to come.
Move Potted Plants around regularly
Moving your plants around often will help to stop specific areas that receive heavy watering from rotting over time. Moving your plants around will give the timbers more even moisture distribution over a long period, which will help to reduce the likelihood that mold, mildew, and fungus will grow.
You need to ensure you take care of your deck, both in the short term and long term. Have a professional come around the check on it if you have any concerns – and make sure you follow the steps above. These will help your deck last longer so you can enjoy the outdoors more often.