To keep your deck beautiful year after year, it’s important to follow a regular maintenance schedule. Although cedar decking requires more maintenance than composite decking, even composite decking will begin to get grimy if it isn’t cleaned occasionally. If your decking is showing severe signs of decay, a professional restoration may be the best route to take. Otherwise, consider these tips for keeping your deck in top shape this season and for years to come:
- Sweep Off Dirt and Leaves Regularly
Wet and decaying leaves that are left to sit on cedar decking can cause mold growth. If you have leaves on your deck, be sure to sweep them off once a week. Keeping your deck clear will not only prevent mold growth, but can also help you avoid the rotting which can occur if decaying organic material is able to fall down into cracks and seams in your deck.
- Rinse Off Debris
Compared to cedar decking, composite decking requires very little maintenance. You don’t need to repaint or reseal composite decking, and it is very resistant to rot. However, it's a good idea to sweep it occasionally in order to prevent the growth of mold and lichen. Basic cleaning can usually be done with a spray down from a garden hose.
- Thoroughly Clean Your Deck
If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned your deck, it is probably a good idea to do so. One good method is to first hand scrub the deck with an appropriate deck cleaning solution, then use a pressure washer to rinse it off. Be careful to not scratch the deck during the cleaning process. If your deck is made of cedar, seal it as soon as possible when you’re done in order to protect it.
At Bob Jaacks Rustic Wood Fencing & Decks, we’ve been building beautiful custom decks and patios for 30 years. If your Glenview or Arlington Heights home is in need of deck restoration or repair, call us today at (847) 827-7456.