Although it’s warm outside now, homeowners have to stay on their toes and think multiple steps ahead. There are multiple steps homeowners can take to help make sure their decks are prepared for a brutal winter down the line. Homeowners shouldn’t wait until snow starts to fall to start thinking about deck restoration. If you’re planning on deck restoration, start preparing now so you don’t have to wait until the last minute this fall. Once the cold weather arrives, it’ll be much tougher to prepare for your deck restoration. Follow the steps listed below for a seamless deck restoration process.
- Step 1: Make All Necessary Repairs
Making repairs to your deck is the first step in the process of deck restoration prep. If you’ve been procrastinating when it comes to making updates to your deck, be sure to get those repairs completed before moving further along in the restoration process. If you haven’t made note of any repairs now’s a great time to do a comprehensive walk-through of the deck to find any loose screws or bolts. If you notice any nails that stick out ahead of the surface, it’s a sign that it should be replaced with a new screw. Completing a walk-through of your deck before a restoration can save lots of time.
- Step 2: Start The Cleaning Process
There are multiple methods that can be used to properly clean a deck. It’s advised that decks get cleaned at least annually. Homeowners can use deck cleaning products, power washers or simply scrub the deck down using a heavy-duty brush and cleaning solutions. When using a brush, keep in mind that it should contain stiff bristles in order to reach those tough to get spots. The main object of using a brush to scrub down your deck is to incorporate the mixture well within the wood. If you’re using a high concentration of chemicals, remember to use eye protection and gloves.
- Step 3: Strip the Previous Stain
Stripping a deck is especially important for areas of the deck where the stain is heavily applied. For instance, if your railing doesn’t have as much wear & tear as the surface of the deck, it will likely be tougher for you to remove the stain in that area. One reliable method for removing old stain is with a chemical stripper. This has the potential to leave your wood much cleaner than it previously was. Once the old stain has been removed, it can become much easier to apply a new one.
If you find that prepping your deck for restoration is a tougher task than you’re willing to take on, feel free to reach out to the deck restoration experts at O’leary & Son’s. O’Leary & Son’s has provided Colorado Springs homeowners with deck restoration services for decades, so if you’re deck needs help don’t hesitate to reach out to our trusted professionals. The summertime is rapidly moving along, which means fall is right around the corner. The best way to avoid having to undergo a deck restoration before winter is to start preparing now!