Getting Patios, Porches and Decks Ready for Summer

Published by: Francine Maglione
Published on: 2010-01-10 15:26:13

Once you have your patio, porch or deck installed by a contractor, your work is not done. There are things you can do as a homeowner each season to keep decks, porches and patios looking like new and ready for summertime. Regular maintenance will keep your Connecticut outdoor living areas in good shape for years to come and add a great incentive for potential buyers if you plan to sell.

One thing you can do to prepare your outdoor space for outdoor activities in the spring and summer is to do some cleaning. Martha Stewart recommends that you frequently sweep deck floors with a broom to remove leaves and other debris. You should also be sure to shovel your deck after a snowstorm as the moisture and weight of snow can damage the wood.

For seasonal maintenance, Martha Stewart suggests hosing down the deck and scrubbing it with a long-handled brush in a solution of all-purpose cleaner and water. You should scrub in strokes that run parallel to the grain of the boards. Use commercial deck brightener to remove tough stains. Power washers can save time if you have a large porch or deck, but they can open pores in untreated wood surfaces exposing them to the elements.

After cleaning a deck, you should check for loose nails and replace them with galvanized deck screws. Check for holes as well and fill with food filler, and replace splintered or warped boards. To keep your deck safe from water and the sun, coat it with water-based waterproofing sealer containing UV protector. For walks and patios outside, sweep them regularly with outdoor push brooms and rinse them with a hose.

If you take good care of your Connecticut decks, porches and patios, they will provide many seasons of enjoyment for your home and your guests. For more information on obtaining your own outdoor living areas, feel free to browse our contractor directory or give us a call and we’ll find a local Connecticut porch, deck and patio contractor near you.

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