Wood decks are probably one of the most exposed wood structures you will have in your home. It is subjected to heat, cold, dry and wet weather so you need extra care for these extensions to last. First, You have to check decks for damages. These are not just limited to worn or warped wood boards, but also loose nails, dry rot, mold, mildew and other growths that can make the deck slippery and dangerous.
If you find anything loose, damaged or rotting, by all means, have it repaired! If you regularly do a roof maintenance, make sure to provide your decks with the same level of care. Have rotten wood boards changed and a new coat of stain applied to those boards with small cracks to prevent any further breakage.
Once you’ve dealt with any problem areas, do regular deck maintenance to keep them from occurring again. Some of the key steps to preventing damage include:
Stain your deck every couple of years to protect them from the harsh elements of rain, snow, and extreme heat. Have your deck professionally cleaned and sealed at least every two to three years for protection from repeated expanding and shrinking. You may do it together with your roof repair or maintenance.
Sweep and clean regularly – you don’t want to trap any dirt or grease on your deck because it will cause it to rot. Shovel off snow as soon as possible as well.
Avoid painting or staining your deck with a solid stain because these finishes eventually peel and require a significant amount of maintenance. Oil-based stains are usually the best because they protect your deck and fade gradually and naturally.
Adding a wood deck promises a lot of fun and happy memories for the whole family. It just needs your extra care and attention to last longer. For commercial or residential roofing and other construction services, you can count on Pressure Point Roofing, Inc. to do an excellent job for you. Call us at (541) 423-3146 today to schedule a consultation! We serve Central Point, OR and the surrounding Oregon communities.