Warmer weather is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to prepare your deck for spring. Make sure the deck is safe and ready for backyard barbecues and relaxing with family and friends at the start of the season. Here are a few tips to get this outdoor space ready to enjoy.
Pressure Wash the Deck
Fall and winter weather can take a toll on your deck. Leaves and other types of organic matter stain the surface, and ice-melt products leave behind residue. A pressure washer instantly revives the deck by getting rid of dirt and debris. When using the pressure washer, make sure it is set to an appropriate setting for the type of deck material you have to avoid damage.
Re-Stain Your Deck to Prepare it for Spring
A wooden deck needs to be stained regularly to protect the materials from moisture and water damage. If your deck needs to be stained, warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to do it. As you get ready for spring, many types of stains tint the wood, bring out the rich natural wood grain, or offer clear protection. Follow manufacturer directions to prepare the surface and apply the stain.
One of the most frustrating things about owning a deck is going inside once it gets dark. Hang string lights, install wall sconces, or add deck post lighting to enjoy your outdoor space after dark. This will extend the time you can spend outside when the weather is nice. Outdoor lighting also makes your yard safer and easier to navigate.
Make Repairs to Prepare Your Deck for Spring
To improve safety, inspect the deck for repairs that need to be made. Before you roll out the grill, check for loose, rotting, or missing boards. Look for popped screws or nails. Examine the connection between the deck and the house to verify there are no moisture problems that need to be addressed.
Inspect the Outdoor Furniture
Take your patio furniture out of storage and inspect it for damage, rips, tears, or missing hardware. If you did not clean your furniture in the fall when you put it away, now is the time to wash it and make repairs before moving it onto the deck.