Spring is almost here, which means you’ll have to start cleaning your home’s exterior soon, including the deck. Deck restoration and siding contractor Serpaco Painting shares a list of the things you can do to prepare your deck for the spring season.
Deck inspection is important especially if you have a wooden deck. Given the wear and tear the winter season brings to your home’s exterior components, you have to make sure your deck is in good shape. Keep an eye out for signs of wood rot, especially at the support posts and balusters. You will need to have this repaired as soon as you can. The bolts that hold the deck to the main structure should be tight. If you find structural issues, don’t let anyone on the deck until these problems are addressed.
Using a garden hose, spray water on the deck’s surface. Take note of spots where the water doesn’t form beads on contact—this means the waterproofing coating has worn off. This is because instead of repelling moisture, the deck is retaining it. Unprotected wood is susceptible to wood rot, and having the deck cleaned and waterproofing reapplied in a timely manner can help minimize the damage. Keep in mind that leaving wood rot for later can lead to the kind of damage that will require custom carpentry services to rebuild.
Another consequence of moisture retention is mildew growth, especially in shaded areas of the deck. Fortunately, this can be cleaned off, but depending on the deck material, you may need to ask your deck contractor about which chemicals you can and can’t use. Products such as bleach can kill mildew but may be too corrosive for the deck material itself. It can also kill the surrounding vegetation. Power washers can likewise damage your deck’s waterproofing coat. When in doubt, consult your deck contractor or restoration expert.
Serpaco Painting is your leading provider of deck restoration and carpentry services. Give us a call at (919) 301-0703 or (704) 215-4992 or fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC, as well as surrounding areas in North Carolina.