Follow These Deck Maintenance Tips for a Summer on the Porch!

The sweet season of summertime and grilling on the back porch is in full swing and our handyman professionals at Castle Doctor in Dallas, Texas have some simple deck maintenance tips to keep your porch looking like new!

When it’s warm out, there’s nothing nicer than having some friends and family over to grill on the back porch and enjoy some outdoor dining. Of course, your deck will start to show some wear and tear after being in the elements 24/7. Our handyman professionals at Castle Doctor in Plano, TX have some simple deck maintenance tips that will go a long way to make your deck look new again!

The first thing you’ll want to do to make your deck look like new is to give it a good wash with a pressure washer. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you keep the pressure stream moving so you don’t chip out any wood. Allow your deck to dry overnight and then you can move forward.

If you come across any nail pops that have started to work loose, remove the nail and replace it with a screw.  You can replace split wood with new boards cut-to-size. If your replacement board seems higher or wider than the existing deck, allow it to sit for a couple weeks to lose its moisture and therefore shrink a bit. If it doesn’t seem to shrink to the size of the other boards, you can smooth it down with a belt sander.

Your deck is probably made of pressure-treated lumber and resists insects and decay. However, it’s still susceptible to the elements like rain and the sun’s rays. You can either preserve it using a clear wood preservative with UV protector or you can add color using an exterior stain. Either will bring about new life to your deck!

Our home improvement specialist at Castle Doctor would love to help you make and execute a plan to get your back porch in the perfect grilling and hosting condition. Schedule a consultation today with Castle Doctor in Dallas, Texas!