Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - 5 Deck Care Tips To Keep In Mind This Spring

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5 Deck Care Tips To Keep In Mind This Spring
Winter can be harsh on a deck, so by making sure you get it in tip-top shape as soon as spring rolls around, you’ll be more than ready to enjoy your deck all summer long and well into the fall. In case you could use a few suggestions for how to take care of your deck in spring, here are 5 deck care tips for you to keep in mind.
1. Pressure Washing
Simply scrubbing your deck with a mop and/or a regular garden hose isn’t going to get the job done. If you want to get your deck as clean as a whistle, pressure washing is the way to go. Pressure washing your deck will allow you to really blast away that tough, sticky grime that would otherwise stay stuck in place.
2. Re-Staining
Heavy duty deck stain works as a protectant and provides aesthetic value for your deck. Don’t try to reuse a coat that’s been through the rigors of winter weather, just apply a new coat and re-stain your deck completely. Doing so will not only freshen up your deck and make it look brand new, it will also help keep it safe and protected all year long.
3. Upgrading Deck Fasteners
Old or broken deck fasteners can let in water through the holes they create. This water can result in rot and decay in each nail hole, weakening the integrity of your deck.
Hidden deck fasteners are installed in grooves along the edges of the deck boards, working to keep your deck boards fastened via high-powered springs rather than penetrating screws. This will allow your deck to thrive for much longer thanks to the elimination of wood-rot via any screw holes. With the right hidden fasteners, your boards will have space to move in event of swelling and will be pulled back into place by the fasteners when they dry.
4. Installing a Deck Cover
If you install a patio ceiling over your deck, you’ll be able to protect it from unnecessary water exposure as well as exposure to other elements like debris when it’s not being used. This is one of the easiest ways to minimize damage to your deck during seasons of active use.
5. Sealing
A proper sealant will go that much farther towards keeping water from intruding into your deck. The sealant on a deck tends to wear off and needs to be reapplied each year. So, along with a new coat of moisture resistant paint, you’ll need to throw on another coat of sealant as well.
Your Deck Will Last If You Treat It Right
Winter can be hard on your deck. Add a new coat of sealant, a new coat of stain, and a deck cover, along with some pressure washing and new hidden fasteners this spring. By using these tips, your deck will look brand-new and be ready for heavy use during the warmest months of the year.
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*original article by Matt Lee on ActiveRain

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Comments (6)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Norma... great advice... I see so many neglected decks. When we had a deck in our last home, I had a contract with a company to come annually to pressure wash it, seal it, etc. When we sold that home six years later, the deck looked as good as it did the day we moved into the home when it was brand new. That contract was barely $200/year... but it paid off.

Jan 27, 2022 04:58 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker $200 a year is not bad at all considering the price of a new deck is ridiculously expensive right now.  I have had clients love a house and hat a deck and decide not to buy it because of that.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Jan 28, 2022 04:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Norma. In a previous life I was an avid follower of your tips. These days the balcony is concrete and maintained but he association. Enjoy your day.

Jan 27, 2022 04:59 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Wayne Martin sounds like a win win on your side for sure.  One less thing to have to worry about.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Jan 28, 2022 04:46 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I remember well living in New Hampshire, we would do this yearly to our back deck. Great information, thanks for the post.  Well, it is Friday-Eve, make it a productive Thursday. SELL A HOUSE. bill

Jan 27, 2022 05:21 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I would say you have concrete now in AZ, that is just a guess.  Less maintenance for sure.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jan 28, 2022 04:48 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are very good tips and if I had a deck I would certainly print it out and use it to care for my deck.

Jan 27, 2022 05:35 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brian England I agree and it is better to stop something before it is started like wood rot.  Hope that you have a fabulous day!

Jan 28, 2022 04:49 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Decks are great as extra living space in homes and many decks that we have seen in he past are in need of repair!

Jan 27, 2022 07:42 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 unfortunately that seems to be something that gets put on the back burners and then ends up needing to be replaced which is very pricey.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Jan 28, 2022 04:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 27, 2022 11:04 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Roy Kelley thanks so much for stopping by and hope you all are staying warm.  

Jan 28, 2022 04:50 AM