As the weather improves and the days get longer, many Tacoma and Olympia homeowners are thinking about spending more time outdoors. The best way to do that is to ensure that your outdoor spaces have everything you need to be comfortable and relaxed. For those with decks, it may be the perfect time to make some improvements and updates. Give your deck some TLC so you can enjoy it all summer long. Below, learn how to prepare your deck for Summer enjoyment!
Start off your deck preparation by giving your deck a good cleaning. Sweep the deck and removing any large debris. Then, using a garden hose and mild detergent, wash away any dirt or grime built up from the winter weather.
If you have a pressure washer, you can use that for a deeper clean. Be sure to follow the instructions and use the proper nozzles listed for your deck’s materials so that you avoid any damage to your surfaces.
Once your deck is clean, take a closer look to see if there are any areas that need to be repaired. Look for loose boards, splinters, and cracks on floorboards, railings, and steps. If during the cleaning process you notice exposed wood or peeling finish, these repairs will need to be remediated before further steps can be taken.
If you find any damage, make any necessary repairs or call your local deck contractor before moving on. If there is significant damage to your surfaces or you see signs of excessive water damage including wood rot, moss growth, or damage to the joists and structure of your deck, connect with a professional for deck maintenance repairs.
Once you’ve made all of the necessary repairs, it’s important to protect your deck with a sealant. Sealants are designed to protect against water and UV damage. It also helps prevent premature degradation from everyday use. It is recommended decks are resealed between 3-5 years depending on conditions to ensure your surfaces are protected against the elements.
A sealant will help to extend the life of your deck and keep it looking its best for years to come. It can be either a paint or a stain and each has unique benefits. Ultimately, your style and eye for design will determine which is best for your needs and upkeep.
Now that your deck is clean, repaired, and stained/painted, it’s time to add some new furniture and accessories. Outdoor rugs and cushions are a great way to add comfort and style to your space. Beautiful plants can also help to create a more inviting atmosphere.
Outdoor decor is an excellent way to extend your home entertainment space. For alfresco dining, consider an outdoor table and chairs. For a cozy spot to entertain your guests, add a gas fire pit and seating to enjoy Summer nights. Or even consider setting up an outdoor screen and projector for movie nights on your beautiful deck. The possibilities are endless!
Proper lighting is key for any outdoor space, especially for evening enjoyment. String lights like Edison bulbs are a great way to add ambiance to your deck. While lanterns or solar-powered lights can also be used to help create a more inviting space and light walkways.
No matter what lighting you use, be sure to get fixtures that are designed for outdoor use. Consider setting your lights on a timer so that you can enjoy your outdoor space with perfect timing.
Preparing your deck for Summer sooner than later will help maximize your enjoyment of your outdoor space. The experts at Flying Colors Painting can help with necessary deck staining or painting for your home in Olympia and Tacoma. Schedule a free consultation or call us to get one step closer to enjoying your outdoor space as soon as possible!