Extending the Life of Your Deck

It’s getting warmer, which means it’s almost time for outdoor activities! Before firing up the grill and opening the patio umbrella, take a look at your deck and make sure it’s ready for the season. Preserving the life of your deck not only increases the value of your home, but it’s aesthetically appealing as well. Here are a few preservation tips.

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  • Before adding anything new to your deck, it’s a good idea to give it a nice pressure wash. This will remove almost all dirt and debris from the wood and finish. From here it’s best to leave it overnight to dry.
  • Loose boards and nails can be a pain. In these cases, remove the nail, and using a screw longer than the original, fasten the board down to the beam. This will eliminate movement and noise.
  • Seal your wood before using the deck! Apply a clear wood preservative to the wood to give it some new life. If it has UV protection as well, it will hold color for much longer than before. Not only will the color last longer, but it will also add a nice shine or finish to your old wood.
  • Repair split wood to avoid splinters! Not only do broken boards make your deck look old, but it can cause injury. It’s important to replace this old wood with new planks.

Are you looking to transform your landscape into the backyard getaway of your dreams? Ambrosio Landscape Solutions is committed to making them become a reality! If you have a desire to transform your outdoor space, give us a call at  203-762-5167! For more tips and tricks, like us on Facebook!