A deck is a great addition to any home. Many days can be spent outside sitting on a deck, and relaxing during warmer weather. Like anything else, it’s important to take care of your decks in order to ensure that they last a long time. If you want to make sure that your decks look great all the time, here are some of the things that you can do.
- First, clean your deck. Decks get dirty during high traffic months, and it’s hard to clean a deck that has been inlaid with dirt and debris. So the first step in making sure that your decks last a long time is to clean your decks thoroughly with a special deck cleaner. Once your decks have been cleaned completely, you can then begin to repair any damage.
- Using a water-repellent finish is a good idea, since this type of finish will protect your deck from future scrapes for at least one more year.
Doing It Yourself
Should you treat your deck yourself or hire a professional to do it? This is the question that you will have to ask yourself before you proceed with any deck repair. How can you decide whether or not to hire professionals? Here are some considerations.
The biggest consideration when it comes to deck treatment is whether or not you have the time to complete a treatment. It will take one to two days to properly wash a deck with a pressure washer, and then another two to three days to let the deck dry completely. Even if a deck looks like it is dry after one day, it’s important to let it dry for those two days. Water can seep into wood and it won’t necessarily dry quickly enough to apply the sealant.
The cost of renting a pressure washer and paying for the materials can vary, but you can expect to spend a few hundred dollars on treating your deck properly.
In order to rent a pressure washer and apply sealant, you will have to run around town to do so. This means putting a washer into your truck or car, buying the right sealant, and getting everything to your home in order to complete the task properly.
So, really, the question is whether or not you have the time to properly wash and seal your deck, and whether or not you want to do the legwork. If you don’t have the time, you can hire a professional to take care of your decks for you. If you do decide to hire a professional, make sure that you ask for references, and that you hire someone that has experience working with decks.
Some landscapers aren’t well-versed in working with decks, so you’ll want to find someone that has done this kind of work before. Ask around, look for reviews, and make sure that you hire a professional that has experience working with decks – otherwise, you may be better off doing it yourself! At Mill Brothers Landscaping in Fort Collins, we have experience working with decks. Not only can we clean and treat your decks, but we can also repair any decks that have seen better days. If you happen to need a deck, we can do that for you too – and we will treat it right away, so that it last for the summer season.
Decks have to be upkept every year in order to stay in top shape. From sand and the scraping of chair against a deck during the summertime to general wear and tear, your decks need treatment.