If you are the type of person who enjoys spending leisurely time on your wooden deck during the summertime, then you likely understand the importance of maintaining your deck so that it stays in great health year after year. Or, if you are a newer deck owner, maybe you are interested in learning more about how to take care of your deck. Regardless of who you are, deck maintenance before the cold winter months is an absolute must, even if you live in an area that doesn’t get too brutally cold.

In today’s post, we will be going over a few key steps to transition your deck into the cooler seasons so that it is in great condition next spring — and if you are interested in having a deck built before the summer comes to a close, give our deck builders a call at Ready Decks. We have locations across Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, so be sure to find the nearest location to you with our location finder.

Be sure to inspect your deck’s surroundings.

Take a good look at any trees and bushes that surround your deck as the summer season comes to an end. If you notice any tree branches that hang above your deck or thick shrubs that surround it, consider trimming the area so that air will be able to circulate over and around your deck. This helps to prevent moisture build-up that could potentially lead to mold, mildew, and rot, which all are detrimental to your wooden deck.

You will also want to make sure that the gutters on your roof that are located above your deck are clean. If these gutters are clogged with debris such as leaves, water won’t be able to drain properly and spill onto your deck, which can also lead to mold growth.

Lastly, be sure to check for any erosion around the footing of your deck.

Clean the surface of your deck.

Before winter arrives, you will want to store any freestanding furniture and give the surface of your deck a nice cleaning. Once all of your deck furniture is moved, remove any debris such as dirt, stains, and leaves that have accumulated over the summer months with a garden hose or pressure washer.

Take a close look at deck hardware for tightness, looseness, or corrosion.

Closely inspect any hardware on your deck, including on stairs, railing posts, and balusters, keeping a close eye out for rust or corrosion. Many older wood decks have experienced seasons of wear and tear that have caused the nails to rust and loosen over time. If nails have popped, be sure to carefully hammer them back down or replace them with deck screws. Or, if it seems as though it is about that time to replace your deck and start fresh, contact a deck builder like Ready Decks to help create you a custom deck to suit your wants and needs.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future posts with more helpful steps to preparing your wood deck for fall, and as always, give our deck builders at Ready Decks a call today with any questions or to request a free quote for your next deck project!