The 90-degree days are behind us, the humidity has left as well, and Minnesota homeowners are enjoying these cooler evenings on their outdoor decks. While we may be more focused on the leaves that are soon to fall, deck maintenance should be an important item on any fall “To-Do” list. Just like your lawn and home, taking time to prepare your deck for the winter ahead will ensure that it will be looking great come springtime.
Cooler temperatures provide the optimal conditions for staining and sealing a deck. Here at UglyDeck.com our Minnesota deck builders advise homeowners to complete this deck maintenance task in the spring or fall. With the “fall-like” temperatures we’ve been experiencing in Minnesota, now is the time to start planning your deck-staining project.
If you’re anything like our deck contractors, there is no better way to spend a cool fall weekend than working on your outdoor deck. The UglyDeck.com deck building team recently put together this list of tips to help you get the most out of your deck staining project this weekend:
- Don’t try to work around your deck furniture. Remove all items on the deck and deck railings to provide plenty of room.
- Get the job done in one day. Trying to spread the project out across the weekend will likely result in mismatched stain and less than desirable results.
- Deck staining by hand will yield the best results. While it’s faster and easier to use a sprayer, they can be messy and make it difficult to control the end look. Staining by hand will give you more control of the process and lead to better-looking and longer-lasting results.