Each year, Minnesota’s harsh winters wreak havoc on outdoor decks and garden pergolas throughout the state. The combination of bitter cold and damaging ice and snow can crack wood, rust nails, and threaten the integrity of a deck’s entire foundation. Completing a deck maintenance checklist every spring not only helps ensure you have a beautiful deck, but also assures that everyone that uses your deck stays safe all season long.
While outdoor decking materials are designed to take a beating, even the heartiest of outdoor spaces should have a yearly deck maintenance check performed. Whether this is your first year with an outdoor deck or you’re a seasoned deck building pro, follow the UglyDeck.com Springtime Deck Maintenance Checklist to prepare for a summer of fun!
Replace Broken Nails: Make sure each nail is sitting flush with the board. Hammer in risen nails and replace broken or bent ones you come across.
Replace Weathered Handrails: Broken deck handrails can be dangerous. Take care to check the sturdiness of each deck railing then replace/fix any that are loose or missing.
Replace Missing or Cracked Boards: Remove any broken boards and replace with new outdoor decking materials. Be sure to match decking materials as combining different sizes and grains of wood may look awkward.
Pressure Wash: Use a pressure washer to clean the grime, dirt, and mold off a deck’s surface. Take care when using pressure washers as they can be dangerous.
Once these tasks are completed, some homeowners choose to stain their deck to give it an eye-catching color. However, deck staining is time-consuming and typically must be done every season to maintain the lush appearance. The Minnesota deck builders at UglyDeck.com prefer to use the best maintenance free decking materials instead. Maintenance free decking reduces the amount of effort needed to maintain a deck and will retain its color for much longer than its wooden counterparts.
Need help completing your checklist? UglyDeck.com’s team of deck contractors are ready to help with the latest deck solutions and services that will have you enjoying your outdoor space all summer long!
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