In addition to health concerns, the recent pandemic has resulted in major life-style changes for many families, including requirements to avoid travel and social events for extended periods. One of the ways in which homebound families have coped with pandemic-related restrictions is to spend more time at home in their own backyards.
For homes with existing decks, the increased usage due to the pandemic may have focused new attention on any existing condition or repair issues. Homeowners who have found themselves in this situation can use these decking tips to give an old deck new life.
Slight deterioration from weather
Unless your deck is fully covered, the surfaces are likely to receive constant exposure to sunshine, humidity, and moisture. If the deck receives shade from nearby trees or structures, it may develop frequent accumulations of leaf litter and debris that can contribute to mold and mildew growth.
If the deck surfaces are examined and found to be stable and safe, they will need to be cleaned and protected to avoid further deterioration. Pressure washing or scrubbing with a soft bristle brush can help to remove layers of dirt and grim.
Once cleaned, homeowners will want to protect them by applying protective paint, stain, or sealant products rated for deck usage. Homeowners can also choose to install a new layer of decking on top of the existing one to create a new surface, as long as the underlying structure is sound and capable of supporting the extra weight.
More serious deterioration
Decks that have been neglected often have more serious deterioration issues, including damage to all or some portions of the decking. Since this type of damage can make the deck unsafe for use, finding a way to repair or replace the damaged decking boards will be necessary before the deck can be safely enjoyed.
A good first step for homeowners with deck damage is to have the flooring examined by a professional who can look for any existing structural issues and make appropriate repair or replacement recommendations. If the supporting structure of the deck is found to be in good condition, homeowners may want to consider replacing existing wooden decking with one of the new composite decking products.
Composite decking can benefit homeowners in several ways, including adding lasting beauty and value to their home and eliminating the need for periodic deck maintenance. Many homeowners also enjoy a more comfortable usage experience with composite decking because its smooth surface will not splinter or crack like wood.
In addition to decking for the floor of your structure, stairs, railings, and gates made from composite materials are also available to give an old deck new life.Share