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How to Make an Unlovely Deck Lovable

A deck can be a glorious place to spend your free moments, whether that is alone with a book, or in the company of great friends. It is a place for rest, for socializing, for grilling and for chilling. That said, however, some decks are more pleasant than others. Maybe you bought a house with a deck that has not been cared for, or you have not been able to give your deck the attention it deserves.

Does any of this describe your deck?

  • Discolored, unsightly surfaces
  • Grime and mildew
  • Split, twisted and/or dry-rotted boards
  • Wobbly rails and loose floorboards

If this sounds like your deck, there’s no shame in that. There are all kinds of reasons this can happen to us. In fact, you should be encouraged: there is a lot that can be done to make your unlovely deck lovable, and it may not be as hard as you think!

Repair Structural Issues

The most important part of deck maintenance is to make sure it is safe. That would involve checking for any wood that is failing due to age and weather, and replacing it. If your deck has suffered neglect, it may take a bit more work to get it in great shape, but the good news is that once you have started to take care of the deck, it will only require minor yearly maintenance to keep it in great shape!

If you are a handyperson or a do-it-yourself type, you may be able to grab some pressure-treated lumber from the nearest home improvement store and make the repairs yourself. Otherwise, you can hire a carpenter or general handyman. Finally, some painting companies (like Southington Painting) offer carpentry repair for decks as part of the maintenance process.

Give It a Good Spring Cleaning

A great way to make a fast transformation on your wood deck is with a thorough washing. The best procedure is to use a mildewcide detergent spray to kill spores, and then use a careful pressure washing to clear away the grime. The improvement is amazing, even on wood that has seen many seasons.

While pressure washing may look simple, it takes expertise to do it safely and well. An inexperienced hand can do significant damage to the wood surfaces, leaving permanent etching and unsightly lines. Also, a pressure washer can pose a hazard to people and property if not handled well.

Protect the Wood

The key to long-lasting, beautiful decks is the waterproof coating that you apply. Some people wrongly assume that treated wood never needs sealing. This is simply not the case. Depending on the condition of the deck and the type of sealer you use, a new protective coat should be applied every 1 to 5 years.

Whether you prefer a clear sealer, a water-repelling stain, Southington Painting can help you achieve just the right look. This will keep your wooden deck looking fresh, attractive and pleasant for seasons to come!

Deck Maintenance in Central Connecticut

If your deck is in need of attention, whether that need is mild or severe, Southington Painting would be delighted to help you! We offer high-quality painting and staining services, including all the stages of deck renewal:

  • Expert pressure washing
  • Carpentry repairs
  • Stripping
  • Staining
  • Sealing

Southington Painting also provides exterior house painting, interior painting, cabinet refinishing, and more. Check out our services, or call us to discuss how we can help you take care of your home!

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