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Getting Your Deck Ready for the Warmer Weather

April 27, 2015
deck restoration and repair

All Surface Restoration, a division of Jager Landscaping, restores and repairs decks to look like new.

It’s time to get your deck ready for the better weather.
If you have a wood deck that is natural redwood, cedar or a pressure-treated wood, it is important to do a thorough visual inspection first to make sure there is no damage after the winter season. You need to check the entire structure including the underdeck for rot, mildew or nails that have popped out.

In our area where lots of snow has accumulated, there can certainly be some structural issues with the deck with all of the snow loads they’ve held over the course of the winter. And the freezing and thawing of ice creates a bit of havoc on wood decks.

Another reason why decks look worn and tired is from damage caused by ultraviolet rays. To counter it, your deck must be cleaned properly and stripped of all old sealers. You also need to check the surface if it needs to be sanded. After all that preparation, choose a quality sealer to protect your deck from further damage. Your deck will look great and last a lot longer.

Wood rot can appear in a variety of ways. The signs I would look for are soft spots on a deck, discoloration, splintering of the wood and where things have gotten loose. Most areas are not going to pose any life threatening issues except potentially at the structure and deck connection. If you see rot there, it’s time to bring a professional in to double check it.

If you do find wood rot, it might be repairable depending on the scale of the rot. If the damage is only on the edges of the wood boards, you can simply have the ends of the boards cut off and replaced with small sections of new wood. It might not look visually appealing on an aesthetic level but it’s a safer solution. Of course, if the rot is more extensive, you might need to replace part or all of the structure.

Mildew on wood decks can also accumulate over the wintertime but is easier to treat than wood rot. Some people use bleach to clean mildew but this is not recommended because it is a caustic solution that harms plants and can discolor and damage sidings, paint and walkways. You also need to exercise caution if you plan to pressure wash your deck. If the hose nozzle is set at too high a pressure, you can actually damage the deck’s wood fibers.

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