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May 1, 2024

Deck Maintenance & Care

Deck Maintenance

Here at High Falls Property Care, we understand the joy a deck brings to your Rochester home. It's an extension of your living space, a place for summer barbecues, lazy afternoons with a book, and laughter-filled evenings with friends. But you need deck maintenance to keep your deck strong and beautiful. This guide will equip you with the knowledge to perform proper deck maintenance and keep your outdoor oasis thriving for years to come.

Understanding Your Deck: Material Matters 

The first step to effective deck maintenance is understanding what your deck is made of. The most common materials are:

  • Wood: Classic and versatile, wood decks require regular cleaning, staining, and sealing to protect them from the elements. Popular wood choices include cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated lumber.
  • Composite: Combining wood fibers with plastic polymers, composite decks offer low-maintenance appeal. They resist rot, mildew, and insect damage, but may require occasional cleaning and staining.
  • Vinyl: Known for its durability and affordability, vinyl offers a wide variety of colors and styles. While low-maintenance, vinyl decks can get hot in direct sunlight and may scratch.

Seasonal Shifts: A Deck Maintenance Checklist 

Throughout the year, dedicate some time to specific deck maintenance tasks:

  • Spring Cleaning: As the weather warms, give your deck a good scrub. Sweep away debris, remove furniture, and address any minor repairs like loose boards or wobbly railings. Use a deck cleaner appropriate for your material and follow the manufacturer's instructions. A good rinse with a garden hose will complete the job.
  • Summer Sun Safety: Summer is prime time for deck enjoyment! However, prolonged sun exposure can damage wood and fade stains. Consider using retractable awnings or shade sails for high-traffic areas. Regularly reposition furniture and potted plants to prevent permanent discoloration.
  • Fall Foliage Farewell: Before winter sets in, remove all leaves, debris, and furniture from your deck. A thorough cleaning will prevent moisture build-up and potential rot. Cover your deck with a breathable tarp if you live in an area with heavy snowfall.
  • Winter Watch: Heavy snowfall can put stress on your deck. If possible, gently remove snow with a push broom to avoid overloading the structure.

Deck Maintenance: Staining and Sealing

The frequency of staining and sealing depends on your deck material and the quality of the product used. Here's a general guideline:

  • Wood Decks: Plan to stain and seal your wood deck every 2-3 years. Look for signs like fading color, water beading poorly, or a rough texture to determine if it's time for a refresh.
  • Composite Decks: While generally low-maintenance, composite decks may benefit from occasional cleaning and staining (perhaps every 3-5 years) to maintain their original look.

Pro Tip: Always choose a stain or sealer specifically designed for your deck material. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully for optimal results.

Deck Staining Process:

  1. Preparation is Key: A clean, dry deck is essential for successful staining. Thoroughly clean the deck (as described in the Spring Cleaning section) and allow it to dry completely (ideally for 24-48 hours).
  2. Sanding Smoothness: Lightly sand the deck with 80-grit sandpaper to remove any splinters or roughness caused by cleaning.
  3. Stain Application: Apply the stain in even strokes with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Work in sections and avoid overapplying. Reapply additional coats according to the product instructions.
  4. Sealing the Deal: Once the stain has dried completely (usually 24-48 hours), apply a clear deck sealer for added protection against moisture and UV rays.

Remember: When staining or sealing your deck, choose a well-ventilated day with mild temperatures (ideally between 60-80°F). Avoid applying these products in direct sunlight.

Deck Maintenance for Special Circumstances

Here are some additional tips for specific deck situations:

  • Mold and Mildew Mayhem: If you notice mold or mildew growth on your deck, address it promptly. Use a commercially available deck cleaner specifically designed to tackle these organisms. Follow the product instructions and wear gloves and eye protection when cleaning.
  • Board Replacement Blues: Over time, even well-maintained decks may experience some board damage. If a board is cracked, warped, or severely rotten, it's best to replace it.
  • Deck Refresh on a Budget: Replacing a whole deck can be expensive. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly way to revamp your outdoor space, consider a power washing instead of staining. This will remove dirt, grime, and some weathered stain, leaving your deck looking brighter and refreshed. You can also try a coat of deck rejuvenator, which can revitalize the appearance of slightly faded stain.

Deck Maintenance with High Falls Property Care 

At High Falls Property Care, we understand that deck maintenance can be a time-consuming task. We offer a variety of deck care services in the Rochester area to help you keep your outdoor oasis looking its best. Our experienced technicians can handle everything from seasonal cleanings and power washing to staining, sealing, and minor repairs.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing High Falls Property Care for your deck maintenance needs:

  • Experienced Professionals: Our technicians are highly trained and insured, ensuring your deck receives proper care.
  • High-Quality Products: We use only the best deck cleaning, staining, and sealing products available.
  • Time-Saving Convenience: Free up your weekends for relaxation! We'll take care of the hard work.
  • Safety First: We prioritize safety and follow all recommended procedures to protect your property and our workers.

Contact High Falls Property Care Today!

Ready to reclaim your weekends and enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance deck? Contact High Falls Property Care today for a free consultation and quote. We'll discuss your deck's needs and recommend the best course of action to keep it looking its best for years to come.

Let us help you create lasting memories on your Rochester deck!

In addition to the services mentioned above, High Falls Property Care also offers a variety of other property maintenance services, including:

We are committed to providing our customers with exceptional service and quality workmanship. Contact us today to learn more!

Additional Deck Maintenance Tips 

Here are some final pointers to keep your deck in tip-top shape:

  • Minimize Furniture Movement: Dragging heavy furniture across your deck can scratch the surface. Lift and place furniture carefully, or use furniture pads for added protection.
  • Welcome Mats: Place doormats at the entrance and exit points of your deck to trap dirt and debris before it gets tracked inside.
  • The Power of Prevention: Address minor issues promptly. A small crack in a board can quickly worsen if left unattended.

By following these tips and performing regular deck maintenance , you can ensure your outdoor haven remains a source of enjoyment and relaxation for years to come.

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