Tips for Preparing Your Deck for Spring

Spring is a time when we look forward to get-togethers with friends and family on our deck. The time to start preparing is now, and there are a few things that you should do to make sure that your deck is ready for the season. Here are five tips to help you get your deck ready for summertime fun.

1. Time for a Deck Inspection

The first thing you need to do is to inspect your deck for any structural damage that might have occurred over the winter. Are your steps and railings solid? Do you see any signs of rot or cracking in the flooring? Is your paint chipped or cracking, or do you see signs of mold? If you see any of these things it is time to get them fixed because they will only get worse as the season goes on.

2. Cleaning and Preparing

The next thing you need to do is sweep away all leaves and debris that have accumulated over the winter. You can also take a garden hose and give it a good wash. Scrubbing the deck with a stiff brush can make it look brighter and remove anything that could cause rot or mold to develop later. It is surprising what a good scrub and some touch-up paint can do to improve the looks of your deck.

3. Check Your Lighting and Furniture

Now is also a good time to check your lighting and furniture to make sure that it is in good repair. Cleaning the globe on lighting can help the area look brighter, and you can make sure the lighting is right, especially if you have rearranged the furniture. It is a good idea to check the lighting from the vantage point of the deck and a distance looking toward it.

4. Remove Debris from Beds

It is also time to get the beds around your deck ready. It is time to remove any leaves or debris and prune any shrubs or trees before the growing season begins. It is an excellent time to put down mulch and get that chore out of the way early. A little bit of work now saves time and effort throughout this season.

5. Consider Deck Resurfacing

Is your deck structurally sound but has a few cosmetic issues? If so, deck resurfacing might be an option. If the wood on your deck looks gray, has peeling paint, signs of mold or mildew, or just looks a little rough, resurfacing can help restore it. This five-step process strips the surface away and can make your deck look new again. It is an excellent, affordable option that can help you get many more years from the deck you have without needing a replacement.

Spring is the best time to inspect your deck and get it ready for the season. A little bit of time spent doing maintenance now can help preserve the life of your deck and allow you to enjoy it longer. Contact Royal Deck if your deck needs an update or resurfacing before it is time to entertain family and friends.