Not only are Denver decks a great investment, they also add value to your home. It’s important to keep things in good condition. Maintenance is essential to ensure that your deck lasts and looks as beautiful as it did when it was first installed. Here are a couple of simple maintenance tips to help keep your deck safe and looking great:
- Wash your deck: This should happen ideally in the late spring. When your deck is unwashed, it can cause rot and grow mold and mildew. Remove debris that has collected in between deck boards using a putty knife. Before you wash the deck, make sure that you sweep it and protect all shrubs and plants. Also, use a cleaner that’s right for your deck material:
Wood deck: Standard deck cleaner – make sure to read the directions, some require wetting the deck first, while work better wetting it last.
Composite deck: Use a cleaner that’s specifically formulated for composite material. For grease and oil stains, use a commercial degreaser and detergents.
Vinyl deck: Use warm water and mild soap to remove mold, dirt, and mildew.
- Use a cleaner: This is ideal on a cloudy day when the sun won’t evaporate the cleanser.
Wood deck: Use a garden sprayer, paint roller, or a bristled brush broom to apply the cleaner. Make sure to not let it pool and that it doesn’t dry until it’s scrubbed clean. After, let it soak according to the instructions and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Composite deck: Scrub with a soft brush and remove rust and leaf stains with a deck brightener that contains oxalic acid.
Vinyl deck: Scrub in circular motion with a stiff broom and then rinse.
- Seal the deck: Home improvement stores provide stains and sealers for about $30 per gallon which usually covers 250 sq. ft. of decking. Expect to reapply clear sealers and toners annually. Reapply stain finishes as need - usually every other year using the same color or darker. Here are a couple options that you can choose from:
Clear sealer: Lets the natural color of the wood show through
Toner: Adds some color, but shows the grain and provides some UV protections
Semi-transparent stain: Tints the wood, but lets some of the grain show
Solid stain: Opaque color that deals weathering damage and completely covers the grain.
Taking care of your deck will ensure that you will be able to enjoy it for years to come. Have more questions about your Denver deck maintenance or in need of a new deck? Give Kona Contractors a call today and get started on your next project!