Augusta County Deck Professionals Share Tips Of The Trade.
To help your Augusta County deck last longer, you need to protect it from the elements, impact and wear-and-tear. Here are our top recommendations based on the type of material used.
Composite Deck Tips:
We love Wolf’s Serenity line of decking that comes with a 50-year stain and fade warranty. Even with that protection, here’s some guidance to keep it looking good for years.
- Regular Cleaning of the Deck Boards: You need to hose down or mop your deck fairly regularly – especially if you eat on the deck. Neglected bits of food can get stuck to the decking and mold and mildew. This can cause discoloration when you do eventually clean it off.
- Avoid Sharp Chisels and Shovels: It’s summer so nobody’s thinking about snow, but here’s some critical information to keep in mind – do not use a sharp shovel or chisel to remove snow and ice. Sharp blades can gouge and etch the composite material, affecting its integrity and durability.
- Monitor Grills & Firepits: High heat can have a negative impact on decking. Because composite decking includes PVC, it’s susceptible to heat and flame. Pay attention when grilling and move fire pits off your deck.
Wood Deck Tips:
One reason we like Wolf decking so much is that it requires less maintenance than its wood equivalent. That being said, wood is still a popular choice for many homeowners.
- Regular Cleaning of the Boards: Hose down or use a pressure washer to clean your wood each year. This will help remove mildew and any buildup that may have accumulated. Follow your pressure washer instructions to ensure you don’t damage the wood when cleaning.
- Stain or Seal Your Wood: This should typically happen every couple of years and helps protect your deck from the weather. It also helps to improve its appearance. You can do this yourself, but it is time-consuming so plan accordingly.
- Move Furniture and Rugs Regularly: Shifting furniture and taking up rugs will help minimize sun damage and water retention. Over time, these small efforts will keep your Augusta County deck looking good for years.