Summertime is when your outdoor living space gets the most use. Whether you’re lounging in the sun with a cold drink and a good book or watching the kids giggle as they leap through the sprinkler in the yard, your deck is the epicenter of summer fun and relaxation.
However, you need to take steps to make your deck summertime worthy before the season officially kicks off.
Sun, fun, and safety: Ways to prepare your deck to make this summer a blast!
All-Weather Decks is an experienced deck contractor in Kansas City and provides the following essential tips on how to prep your deck before the summer fun begins.
Don’t Let an Unsafe Deck Destroy Your Plans for a Spectacular Summer
Please verify that your backyard deck isn’t a safety hazard by carefully inspecting each part. Start by checking for wobbly railings, loose stairs, and failing connections such as rusty and protruding nails and screws. It would also help make sure ledgers are not pulling away from home. Don’t forget to look underneath the deck for corroded connections.
Next, check for rotting wood. Replace all boards and posts that have seen better days.
Lastly, put on a cloth glove and run your hand along the railings and posts to check for rough spots. If you feel the glove snagged, you need to sand the area. The last thing anyone wants is to pause a good time to handle a painful splinter removal.
Protect Your Deck from Nature’s Elements
The summer sun, heat, and rain can do a number on your natural wood deck. Now’s the time to give your outdoor living space protection to withstand the elements.
The first step is to sweep off the surface dirt. Next, you need to use a deck brush and a bucket of soapy water to give the decking boards a good scrub. Now you’re ready to pressure wash your deck. Once you’re finished with this step, use a leaf blower to remove excess water, so the deck dries faster.
Apply a sealant. Doing this will protect the deck from UV rays and keep the wood from absorbing water, making the boards swell and becoming the ideal environment for mold, mildew, and algae that lead to slippery conditions. If your deck has an old coating of stain or paint, you’ll need to sand this off first before applying a fresh coat.
Time to Deck-orate!
Your safe, clean deck is ready to welcome summer, so have a blast making it look the part!
Place colorful cushions on your furniture and set flowerpots in spots that won’t be a tripping hazard.
Even if your deck has outdoor lighting, hang solar lights from the deck posts or the pergola to set the mood for late-night fun and extra safety in the dark. Staking solar lights in the potted plants will give your summer evenings a special glow!
All-Weather Decks Wishes You a Fun and Safe Summer!
Well-known throughout the area, All-Weather Decks is so much more than just a deck contractor in Kansas City. We are your trusted neighbors and want nothing more than for you and your family to spend summertime enjoying your outdoor living space to its fullest.
We at All Weather Decks want to ensure that every Kansas City homeowner understands the importance of inspecting their natural wood or composite deck so it’s ready for a fantastic summer! If any part of your deck appears to be in disrepair, we’ll be happy to come out and see what’s going on. After all, we are the experts in deck repair in the Greater Kansas City area. Once we survey the damage, we’ll present you with a fair estimate. After answering your questions and receiving your approval to proceed, we’ll complete the work without blindsiding you with hidden charges. We can even install an outdoor kitchen complete with stone masonry if you want to take summer grilling to the next level!
If you need deck restoration, want to expand your outdoor living space, or have decided to build a brand new deck, call us at 913-206-1974 or contact us online today! We’re the most decorated deck builders in Kansas City and eager to help you create the RIGHT deck at the RIGHT price!
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