When the warm spring weather arrives, many of us are more than ready to start setting out the patio furniture so we can begin having our morning coffee out in the warm sun, begin hosting deck gatherings with our family and friends, or just to start making our deck look more put together and complete. But before you do anything, you should consider the following tips on inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining your deck so that it not only looks flawless throughout the spring and summer months, but also lasts longer and needs less work to be done on it in the future. If your deck is in need of some work, don’t worry! Our team of deck builders at Ready Decks is here and ready to help. We serve areas across eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, so if you are located in these areas, give us a call today!

Inspect Your Deck

If you have a wood deck that is either natural redwood, cedar, or pressure-treated wood, it’s important to do a thorough inspection in order to make sure that there are no signs of damage after the winter season. Be sure to examine the entire structure, including underneath it for any signs of rot, mold, mildew, or nails that may have popped out.

Snow Damage

If you live in a colder climate where lots of snow accumulates on your deck throughout the winder, there is a chance that there could be some structural issues with your deck. Lots of freezing and thawing of ice can also wreak havoc on wood decks.

Wood Rot

Wood rot can appear in a number of ways. Keep an eye out for soft spots on your deck, as well as any discoloration, splintering of the wood, or any loose areas. As for pressure-treated pine, they are often less susceptible to damage than a natural redwood deck, but still vulnerable to rot. One reason for this is that the companies that create pressure-treated wood manufacture one type specifically for ground contact and one specifically for above ground construction. If the above ground wood touches the ground and is exposed to a lot of moisture, it makes it much more susceptible to rot damage. This is why it is incredibly important to do a thorough inspection, being sure to double check stair stringers and ground posts in the event that the deck builder used non-rated pressure-treated wood. If you do come across any signs of damage, be sure to reach out to a professional deck builder right away to help you solve this issue.

Mildew

Mildew can also accumulate on decks over the winter, but it is easier to have treated than wood rot. Be sure to use a wood cleaner that is recommended by the manufacturer of your deck stain to solve this issue and prevent it from growing, and exercise caution if you plan to pressure wash your deck. If the power is set too high, you can cause damage to the wood fibers of your deck, making it an even larger issue than there was initially.

Give Your Deck a Good Cleaning

Now that you have made sure that your deck is free from any mold, mildew, or other damages, you will want your deck to be spic and span before you go to town setting out your furniture, lights, plants, and other decorations. Use a high-powered leaf blower to get rid of any dirt, debris, or dead leaves that likely built up over the winter. After you have removed these layers of dirt, use a power washer to get rid of any minor mold or mildew you may have come across during your inspection. Be sure to contact a trusted deck builder like Ready Decks if these parts of your deck are a cause for concern or if you would like a second opinion on it.

If you have left any pots, planters, grills, or furniture out over the winter, make sure to wash them accordingly to get them good-as-new for the warm months ahead. You will also want to give the furniture that you put away in storage a good wash as well, as they may have accumulated dust and dirt from sitting in storage for months on end. Just be mindful that your furniture cleaning needs will vary depending on the piece — often a simple spray bottle of water and a sponge can go a long way.

After thoroughly washing your furniture, be sure to air it out in order to avoid any potential mold growth. This is especially true for seat cushions, so be sure to prop them up so that they can dry out evenly.

Improve the Functionality

A great idea to get your deck ready for spring and summer is to work with a professional deck builder to improve the functionality of your deck. Some ideas for this are adding screened-in sections, pergolas, or covered roofs. Screened-in decks are great for keeping bugs out, protecting your furniture from damage, and providing some privacy from neighbors.

Decorate!

Now is the fun part. Get yourself in the warm weather mood and set out that freshly cleaned furniture and liven up the space with colorful decorations, umbrellas, throw pillows, and flowers. Maybe change it up this spring with a fun color scheme in order to create a well-polished look! Then, you can always incorporate other aspects of outdoor living such as dining ware, placemats, serving dishes, and unique lighting to give your deck those extra touches that can make a world of a difference.

Nothing finishes off a beautiful deck or says “backyard oasis” quite like plants. Even if you aren’t into gardening yourself, many local greenhouses offer a wide variety of outdoor plants, trees, and flowers to help make your deck feel more serene and blissful.

So — Is Your Deck Ready for Spring?

Springtime is here, and you will want to be ready to enjoy your outdoor sanctuary as soon as the warm weather hits. Be sure to prepare your deck now for the first warm day so that you can take full advantage of the incredible benefits that basking in the beautiful outdoors has to offer.

If you are looking for a professional deck builder in eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, or Mississippi, give Ready Decks a call today. We would be more than happy to help you with getting your deck ready to go for spring, providing you with any tips and guidance along the way. We also have a wide variety of quality products that are backed with a lifetime limited warranty and offer flexible financing options for any budget. With nearly two decades of experience providing homeowners with beautiful, functional, and affordable decks in as little as one day, you can count on us to get the job done and get the job done well.