3 Fall Cleanup Tips To Keep Your Ontario Deck At Its Best
A high quality deck can be a wonderful investment for your home, but in order for that to be the case, you need to make sure that you are investing the proper care into its maintenance in order to keep it looking and performing its best. While your deck does require a certain amount of care all year round, it is especially important during the fall. The winter months can be quite tough on your outdoor deck area, and you want to make certain that you do everything in your power to make sure that yours is ready for everything that’s going to be thrown at it over the coming months. Your Ontario home’s deck is a major investment, and as such, you want to be sure that you are investing in the proper maintenance that your deck needs from time to time, otherwise you could find yourself having to pay our for replacement costs instead. Here at Modern Vinyl Fences & Decks, our team of professionals want to do everything in our power to help you keep your Ontario home’s deck looking and performing its best for many years to come, which is why we have taken the time to put together this short article. Below, we have included several of our most helpful fall cleanup tips to help you keep your Ontario home’s deck looking its best for a very long time to come.
Make Sure Your Wood Deck Is Properly Sealed
As you well know, wood decks are highly susceptible to water damage, and with all of the snow and ice that is going to be coming down in the coming months, you home’s deck is going to receive its fair share of exposure. This fall, one of the most important things you can do for your home’s deck is to make sure it is properly sealed and protected from all of the moisture that is going to be settling on its surface in the coming months. A good way to tell if your wooden deck is properly sealed is to observe what the water does when it is on the surface of your deck. If everything is properly waterproofed and sealed, the water should bead up above the surface without absorbing into the wood itself. If you see any water disappearing into the boards of your deck, now is the time to call in the pros and make sure you get it sealed before winter finally arrives.
Hose Off Your Vinyl Deck
If you have a vinyl or composite deck, you don’t have to worry about sealing, painting, or staining, but you do need to make sure that you give your deck a good washing down at least once per year, and right now in the fall is the best time for it. With all of the use your deck sees during the summer, it is important to make sure that you completely clear away any remaining stains, smears, and leftover grease from those summer cookouts, otherwise they could become a permanent fixture on your deck if allowed to sit for too long.
Clear Away Leaves
With fall finally here, if the leaves haven’t already started coming down, they soon will, and it is important to make sure that you don’t allow those leaves to pile up on your deck. While it might not seem like leaves could pose that much of a threat to your Ontario home’s deck, the opposite is actually true. Leaves and other plant debris that have piled up on your deck can actually get stuck between the boards, where they will begin to decay over time. This can be a seriously problem as that decay can very easily spread to your deck itself, and before you know it, you might have to start considering the cost of replacement before spring finally comes back around.