Decks are a great structural accessory that can an almost entirely new living space to your home â just outside! The incorporation of a wooden deck can effectively boost the square footage of a house, and even increase the resale value of a property if properly cared for.
First time home buyers who obtained financing to pay for the construction of an exterior deck will want to ensure the residential feature is well-maintained so it can continue to offer a safe area for outdoor relaxation and enjoyment.
Homeowners with a deck should use the following 3 tips to keeping their wooden deck in good, safe condition.
Pressure Wash Surfaces
When planning to perform maintenance on a wooden deck, it is important homeowners first prepare the structure by cleaning it thoroughly. Professional-strength pressure washing tools can be rented from a local hardware store, and work to rid the wood of any dirt which may affect other aspects of the repair process.
Check for Loose Nails, Split Wood
Carefully survey every part of the wooden deck to check for issues which could harm individuals or the integrity of the overall feature. Loose nails can be a safety hazard for homeowners and guests, and point toward a larger problem regarding the structure’s soundness. If wooden planks have split, they should be replaced immediately, as the ruptured wood can be a source of splinters and may break further.
Apply Stains, Seals
While property owners can decide to use different stains to change the color of a wooden deck, its use is optional – but the application of a sealant shouldn’t be. Seals protect the wood from falling victim to moisture, intense sunlight and extreme temperatures. If the use of a stain is desired, it should be applied to the deck before the seal. This can be done annually, or biennially to ensure the structure is kept in good shape.
Consumers concerned with theÂ possibleÂ monetary obligation maintaining a deck may pose can find financial assistance in the form of FHA loans, which will provide the funds necessary to cover material costs.
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