You’ve spent time and money getting your new deck built and installed, and you plan to enjoy it for years to come. Whether this is your first deck or the first one you designed, you might be wondering what steps to take to protect it for the long term. In today’s post, we’ll share some tips for how to protect your deck from the elements and keep it looking beautiful.
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As we embrace the arrival of spring, (finally!) and head into summer, it’s important to think about the protection your deck will need from the sun. Depending on how much sun it gets and the direction your deck faces, it may sustain more damage. One sign that can be an early indicator of damage is fading color in the deck boards. You might also notice visible cracking and splintering. To protect your deck and help it last longer, be sure to apply a finish that includes UV protection. In addition, you’ll need to remember to reapply stains every two to four years.
Between rain and humidity, your deck is frequently exposed to high levels of moisture. While you can escape to the cool air inside your home, your deck must remain outside. With that, it’s essential to keep in mind that moisture is one of the most harmful natural elements for your deck. Water can seep into the tiniest cracks, which can eventually lead to rot and cause the surface of your deck to become unstable. Periodically seal your deck with a product that is formulated to prevent the intrusion of water into your deck.
Wind is not what typically causes damage to your deck, but it does cause trees, limbs, and other items to break onto or get blown into your deck. While the cause of damage is another item, the source of the damage is the wind. In fact, there are times when the wind is heavy enough that it can break deck railings, or shift heavy items that break the decking boards. Regular inspection of nearby trees is one of the best ways to protect your deck. Prune back branches that are too long, and cut off any limbs that are dead. If you know that a wind storm is coming, be sure to secure any deck furniture to prevent it from damaging your deck.
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At Premier Deck, we are proud to offer Top Rated Local® custom deck building services to customers in New Hampshire and Maine. Be sure to check out our service areas, and contact us to learn more about the financing options we offer. When you’re ready to create your ideal deck, we’re here to deliver!