A deck or patio can enhance any home by allowing the residents to expand their living space through outdoor activities such as barbecues and relaxing in front of a fire pit. Unfortunately, decks and patios are exposed to the elements throughout the year and can suffer from that exposure. A schedule of yearly maintenance can help keep your deck or patio intact and ready for use.
Problems with a wooden deck can appear when moisture penetrates the deck’s stain or paint. When this happens, the wood can become rotten and dangerous to walk on.
To keep a wooden deck sound, regular maintenance that includes sweeping and cleaning the deck will allow you to discover any damage to the decking material, stairs and posts. Such minor damage can be repaired before it becomes costly and dangerous. If left unchecked, this kind of damage could ruin structural members of the deck, requiring complete replacement. Another dangerous type of damage is that of the railings. If the railings are loose or rotted, they pose a danger to those who are using them as support to moving up or down the stairs.