Now that winter is fading into the distance, it’s just about time to get our Austin roofing and decking ready for spring living! If it has been a while since you performed regular maintenance on your deck, there’s no better time to do so than right now. You’ll be able to ensure your deck survived the winter as well as start getting it in shape for outdoor entertainment. Here are a few tips for taking care of your deck.
- Clean and Wash Thoroughly
Any decking and roofing company in Austin can tell you that good deck maintenance starts with cleaning. Go around and remove any loose, large debris like rocks. Next, get rid of dirt and stray wood fibers by using a pressure washer to clean your deck. Always try to keep the water stream moving, as staying in any one place too long can lead to wood gouging.
- Fix Loose Nails
Next, adjust any nails that have come loose over the winter. Instead of hammering it back down, use a cat’s paw or hammer to remove the nail completely. Because the nail has been loosened, it’s possible that moisture has worked its way into the board. A new nail may not be able to hold on, so use a screw that’s longer than the old nail to reattach the board.
- Tend to Split Wood
Some small splits are OK, but major ones can pose structural threats to your deck. Evaluate your deck for board splitting. If you notice any that are cracked right down the middle, you may need to enlist the help of your exterior specialists and roofers in Austin, TX to make repairs.
- Apply Stain and Seal
Finally, we always recommend finishing deck maintenance with a new layer of stain and sealant. At the very least, consider applying a wood preservative complete with UV protection.
These are just some of the best ways to get your deck ready for spring.