As the months begin to warm up, it can only mean one thing, it is nearly time for summer. And all deck owner’s know what that means. It’s a time of high traffic for your deck as all your friends and family get together and enjoy the summer months. With the beautiful weather approaching, now is the time to plan ahead and figure out how to get my deck ready for summer.
The first thing that you need to do is get your deck cleaned up. After the winter and rainy spring, chances are that your deck is gonna need a little attention. Be sure that there are no wet leaves or debris stuck to your deck. After a good sweep, clean the deck with water and a mild soap that can be used for decks. A pressure washer can also be used for this stage. Once this is done, you can do a general inspection of your deck. Be on the lookout for any loose boards, splinters, loose railings, exposed nails etc. Be sure to fix these problems before you begin to use your deck regularly.
One thing to prepare for during the summer is the heat. While you might not be able to control the temperature outside, there are still some things you can do to beat the heat. For example, simply by adding a patio umbrella or a canopy, it will increase the amount of shade and will therefore help to keep you and your guests cooler. If you have a roofed patio, consider adding curtains to it. This will help keep it cooler as well as keeping the insects out!
Perhaps one of the most important things to do is to get your deck sealed and stained. After the winter months, it’s possible that the harsh elements caused some damage to your deck, especially if it’s been awhile since you last had it resealed. If this is the case, be sure to add a fresh layer of sealants and stains. This will keep your deck protected from water, mildew, and UV rays during the upcoming summer months.