The slow and steady climb in temperature during the winter months helps build the anticipation for the arrival of Spring, followed by the joys of Summer. That's especially true for those homeowners who have access to a deck on their property, since these individuals and their families use this area as a welcoming comfort zone.
Those months of inactivity on the deck also mean that the level of attention paid to its upkeep likely subsided because of more pertinent priorities. In order to avoid taking some stopgap moves down the road, it helps to tackle issues in getting prepared for use this year. Listed below are ways you can help get your deck ready for the fun times ahead.
Look Over Your Paver Stones and Wood
While many homeowners prefer having a wooden deck, there are those who are more inclined to go in the direction of one that's made of concrete or stone. Otherwise known as paver decks, these can sometime break or become uneven. Besides looking unsightly, there's also the risk that it could become a potential safety hazard.
When it comes to wood, the danger of wood rot that might have developed can also be a danger area in the making. That might be the simple effect of water that's pelted your deck from rain, snow or both. Then again, it could be more insidious with the possibility that an insect infestation has developed.
Making a Clean Sweep
If you have wood decks also need to make sure to apply some elbow grease to some areas and use some power equipment to either blow away fallen or dead leaves or wash away the grime that's collected during the winter months. In most cases, simple water and a sponge can do the trick, but in other circumstances, more concentrated liquids may be necessary.
If your furniture has been sitting outside or stored away all winter, make sure to apply some cleaner especially made for it. At a bare minimum, cleaning off the cobwebs that have developed gets things looking fresh again.
Apply Deck Stain or Deck Paint
Something that really gets the attention of visitors will be when your wooden deck is given a fresh coat of deck paint or deck stain. While some may see more variety when it come to paint, there are numerous stain colors like mahogany, burnt hickory or light oak to provide the sort of variety you're looking for when staining is the choice.
Obviously, your selection when it comes to stain colors is a personal choice. Some homeowners prefer a lighter option that brings out the wood while others like a dark look that may more offer a more stark contrast when it comes to the particular image you want to project.
The Power of Landscaping
While you can certainly be content to just focus on the nuts and bolts of the deck, certain nuances help enhance the appearance and can draw wows from both family and any guests. One of these comes in the area of landscaping, which might mean taking a basic approach by picking up some planters or hanging baskets.
Going further can involve adding some new mulch or going out and buying flowers that work in visual concert with your deck. If you just don’t have the time or don’t want to be bothered, contacting a landscaping company can help move this idea forward.
A Simple Selection
You know what you want when it comes to your oasis, which might mean a multitude of options when it comes to deck paint. Ready Seal has a considerable variety of stain colors for any deck stain ideas you might be considering.
We know what looks good because of the level of experience we bring to the table and can offer valuable assistance for your staining. Just contact our Ready Seal staff at 1-888-STAIN-4U so that we can put you on the right track this year.