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Basic Deck Maintenance

Decks have become an extremely popular way to add living space to a home. Yet, decks are also subject to the damaging effects of our harsh Colorado Springs weather. Deck maintenance is critical to prevent the failure of our wonderful outdoor space.

1. Inspect The Deck

You should inspect your deck every year or two. First, remove any furniture, grills, and rugs to look for any loose boards, protruding nails, moss, or discoloration in the wood. Next, sweep off the deck. Last, double-check the deck for any hidden damage and repair as needed.

2. Clean the Deck

Use a hose or a pressure washer to clean the deck thoroughly. Be sure to clean the top and bottom of the deck. If you choose to use a chemical cleaner as well, be sure to use lots of water; the water will help dilute any chemicals that may inadvertently come into contact with plants and grass.

3. Paint or Stain the Deck

Put down tarps to protect plants, air conditioners, and other items that need protection from the stain and sealant. There are three important characteristics to look for in a finish:

A. The finish should be water repellent or waterproof, not just “water-resistant.”

B. The finish should offer ultraviolet (UV) protection.

C. If mildew is a potential problem, the finish should contain a mildewcide, which a wood preservative does.


4. Seal the Deck

A sealant can be brushed on, rolled on with a paint roller, or sprayed on. Spraying is the fastest by far, but this is also the hardest to control. And, some sealants have color that will stain surfaces to which they are applied. A good quality sealant will also contain ultraviolet sunlight protection to reduce the damaging effects of the sun. Let the sealant dry completely then hose off the deck checking for the beading of water on the wood surface. Now you’re ready to enjoy your remade outdoor space!