Decks have become an extremely popular, low-cost way to add living space to a home. Yet, decks are also subject to the damaging effects of weather. As such, deck maintenance is critical to prevent discoloration caused by dirt, moss, algae, and other plants. Our low cost maintenance service helps make sure your deck stays beautiful for years to come.
Deck maintenance is the most important part of keeping your deck in great condition and looking beautiful for years to come. We handle every step of the process so you don't have to worry about anything except enjoying your deck for as long as possible.
As part of your deck maintenance, we inspect your deck every year or two. Check especially for any loose boards or protruding nails that need repair. Clear the deck of any furniture or toys and cover all fragile plants. Next, we sweep the deck of larger debris. Before beginning the cleaning process, and make sure no children have access to the area.
Clean the Deck
We thoroughly clean the deck of all dirt and build-up. Debris clogging the spaces between deck boards are blasted out with a power washer. Products with a base of non-chlorine bleach base or oxalic acid are used to eliminate discoloration and stains. Bleach-based products eliminate mildew, while acid-based materials handle graying and stains.
Paint or Stain the Deck
Though some people choose to paint their decks with deck paint, most take advantage of the natural beauty of expensive decking woods by using a clear or lightly stained finish for their deck. If you do choose to paint, we use a stain-blocking oil or alkyd primer first. In general, the best finishes are those that soak into the wood, not those that provide a surface film. Your associate can help you choose the best product for your deck.
Seal the Deck
Once the area is dry, the deck must be sealed. We put down tarps to protect plants, air conditioners, and other items that need protection from the sealant. The level of protection needed depends in part on how you want the sealant applied. Sealant can be brushed on, rolled on with a paint roller, or sprayed on. Spraying is the fastest by far, but this is also the hardest to control. And, some sealants have color that will stain surfaces to which they are applied.