Having a deck is a great way to bring the entertainment and conversation outside. The summertime is the most ideal for grilling steaks, sipping lemonade with company, and enjoying the pleasures of the outdoors. You, your family, and friends can all lounge out on the deck watching the fireworks on the 4th of July. Or, for Halloween you and your children are out on the deck carving pumpkins. Imagine the possibilities. Also, adding a deck to your home is a smart investment because it not only expands the home’s living space but also provides you with more ways to relax. There are many material options for your deck to chose from but, some are better suited for warmer temperatures and some are better for colder climates. In addition to insulation options, there also is a wide selection of designs to pick from as well. There are a variety of hardwoods to chose from that can compliment your house beautifully while, also being environmentally friendly. Decks serve as a great transition from the walls of your home to wonders of nature. They can quickly connect you with nature providing a stress-free zone when life sometimes gets too hectic.

Since decks are exposed to the elements year round, they usually need regular maintenance and attention. Having an unkempt deck can be very unappealing and detract guests from staying.Take simple steps to protect your deck from weather, bugs, animals, and other damaging effects. Weather-wise, the biggest issue is with the sun and the water. To defend against these conditions, applying a wood sealer can help prevent stains or discoloration. These sealants usually come in oil or water based and can be painted on. After, wash and scrub the deck with a detergent solution and then rinse thoroughly. Allow the deck to dry then sand the surface until it is smooth and then apply the finish with a brush. Two coats of finishing may be necessary. The deck needs to be inspected once in a while for nails or screws that have popped out and boards that are worn out or split. Don’t forget about the underside of the deck as well. Animals, insects, and mold can still create holes, mildew, cobwebs, or chew the wood. It is important that you repair or replace these areas. In addition, check the underside for loose nails, screws, or bolts that need tightening.

Decks need routine maintenance and can sometimes be very time-consuming. However, by washing your deck every so often, applying brightener, or adding another coat of paint your deck can be revitalized. With these basic maintenance tips, your deck will last longer and provide your with many more years of outside relaxation.

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