Installing a deck or patio in your home can help increase your home value and elevate your curb appeal. While decks can withstand multiple types of use, they will need regular maintenance, cleaning, and repairs throughout the life of your home. Sierra Vista Maintenance can help clean and keep your deck looking new. This is important to keep those who use your deck safe and also to help your home look pristine.
1- Stick To A Cleaning Schedule
The best way to keep your deck looking new is to regularly schedule cleaning. This can be done by a homeowner or family member, or by hiring a professional home cleaning company. Having a set schedule will help you remember to perform deck cleaning and make it easier to see when your deck needs special attention.
A cleaning schedule can help limit the amount of cleaning you need to do in one day. For example, if you stick to a schedule, you may plan to sweep the deck at the beginning of the week and then rinse, pressure wash, or apply a cleaner later in the week. This makes daunting chores less stressful.
2- Protect The Material With Sealant
Parts of your home that are exposed to the weather can experience multiple types of damage. Deck sealants will help keep your deck looking new because it prevents UV light damage, hail damage, rotting from moisture, and prevent cracking. A sealant is fairly easy to apply and will save you time and money on repairs and cleaning deep stains.
For the best deck protection, you will want to apply the sealant every two years. Most composite decks won’t need a sealant, but if you have a wood deck, a sealant will protect it from environmental factors.
3- Apply A Stain
While a deck stain will help keep your deck looking new, it does not provide protection like a sealant. Stains can help change the look of your deck if you would like it to be a different color, or cover up previous stains or damage that may not have been dealt with in time. Stain comes in many colors and can be weatherproof, but won’t protect the wood itself. A weatherproof stain will help it to last longer and avoid chipping or peeling.
4- Perform Needed Repairs Regularly
The sooner repairs are performed, the better your deck’s integrity will be. Wood expands and contracts with temperature and weather, which can cause cracking, wrapping, breakage, and other damage. Railings, steps, and the deck itself can become unstable if repairs are not made. Making repairs will keep your deck looking new and avoid major damages from sullying the look of your exterior.
5- Notice Other Elements That Can Sully The Deck
Other environmental factors may not immediately come to mind when thinking about things that can damage your deck or patio. Some of these elements include:
- Grease and oil from grills or machines
- Paint used in another exterior project
- Puddles of water filled with pollen or fungus
- Planters that have leaked soil or moisture onto the deck
- Objects that can cause stain rings or rust spots
- Piles of leaves that can grow moldy
- Trees nearby that can break or fall on your deck and cause damage
Keeping these elements in mind and taking steps to prevent their damage to your deck will keep your deck looking new for years to come. Keeping tree branches, pooling water, and leaves off your deck will protect the integrity of your home and limit the number of repairs you need to do on your deck.
Work With A Professional Cleaning Company
Our professionals at Sierra Vista Maintenance want to help keep your home and deck in pristine condition. We offer a variety of home services because your home needs maintenance in order to work for you. Sierra Vista Maintenance offers deck and patio cleaning, solar panel cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, soft washing, residential and commercial window cleaning, and more. No matter what your home in California needs, our team can provide it.
When you work with a professional cleaning company, you take the stress off of your shoulders. Licensed cleaners also have safety equipment and proper tools to help improve the curb appeal of your home. If you want to keep your deck looking new, work with our technicians at Sierra Vista Maintenance for the best results.