Spring is nearly over and summer is nearly here. Grass gets green, leaves sprout, blossoms and flowers bloom, the air feels crisp and the need to host outdoor gatherings and events are being considered. But after a season of undisturbed, weather abuse and neglect, your deck is in need of attention. Today, we at Jeff the Painter would like to share some tips and advice on getting your deck ready for guests, and your own comfort.
Clean Decking with a Pressure Washer
Clean deck thoroughly. We are not talking about a quick sweep. Start by removing the clutter. Pull away the patio furniture, toys, trash, debris, dirt, mud, and piles of unused materials. Do not be tempted to the lazy way of working around the grill, or attempting to just go under the table. Literally clear away the deck. Once everything is thoroughly removed, the cleaning will be more efficient. Using a sturdy broom, sweep the deck, hitting all nooks and crevices. You want to be sure all dirt and mud are cleaned. Hit it one more time with a push broom to ensure everything is cleaned off. If you should notice any buildup or blemishes, don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees to remove them the best way you can. A professional power washing can make this job more efficient, and a whole lot easier!
Deck Repairs & Painting or Staining
Once the deck is completely dry, explore the deck boards. If any sanding needs to be done, wood needs replacing, or screws or nails need attention, this is the time to do it. When sanding, use the appropriate grain to ensure it gets maintained without adding any damage. Screws and nails should be specific to wood decks. Avoid reusing the old ones, as they more than likely sustained deterioration from them to become loosened in the first place. After the maintenance has been performed, select the wood finish you desire, keep in mind your general climate and average weather conditions, and ensure it is designed for exterior use. Follow the labels directions and make certain the stain or finish is completely dry. Or better yet, hire a professional like Jeff the Painter for the best result.
Upgrade Your Deck
This step is fun. Consider your budget and the desires you had when you were out on the deck the previous year. Perhaps misters, ambient lighting, outdoor umbrellas or a ceiling fan might be what you need to make the beautiful and charming deck more to your liking. If needed, consult the appropriate professionals to help you in the endeavor.
Replace Outdoor Patio Furniture & Accessories
After spending time and money to get your deck in pristine conditions, you will want to make sure your furniture and accessories are clean. Properly clean everything, make repairs as needed, and set the deck up to perfection. Enjoy your newly reformed deck!
Interior & Exterior House Painting & More in San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad & Escondido, California
Our professionals at Jeff the Painter can provide the needed services to get your deck up to par. We offer professional power washing, deck painting and staining to help you get your deck back to its original glory. Call us today to schedule your appointment!