Fall Deck Maintenance Tips
As the crisp air has begun moving through the area, you may be relieved that your yard maintenance will be slowing down. However, there are a few things you should not forget to do if you are a deck owner in New England. Keeping your deck safe and functioning throughout the year are the most important things to the crew here at SEAL-A-DECK.
The Danger of Leaves
The autumn leaves in New England are some of the most beautiful in the country. The foliage is an impressive sight, but it does not belong on your deck. Leaves are highly acidic and can cause decay on wood and other decking materials if left for long periods of time. They also trap moisture that cannot escape from underneath. This is a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria that can wreak havoc on your deck. Not only do the leaves trap all of the problems with moisture, when they accumulate they attract pests that you will not want near your home. Don’t give them the invitation to move in on your deck! One other thing that many may not consider is that leaves are also extremely slippery and can be a fall hazard for your guests and family. Sweeping or using a leaf blower frequently is a quick and easy way to make sure that these things don’t happen to you or your deck.
Adjusting Your Add-Ons
Throughout the summer you probably have decor, rugs, furniture, plants, and many other things out on your deck that make your outdoor living more enjoyable. You will need to remove the rugs from the deck so that moisture, mold, and bacteria won’t get trapped under leaves. Make sure to cover your furniture with breathable covers when not in use so that it can keep the condensation at bay. If you have lights that are hanging, such as bistro lights, you should consider bringing them in and/or storing them so that as the weather turns colder they won’t be compromised.
There may be situations where deck repairs are warranted before the weather changes. Any worn or soft areas on your deck should be touched up prior to falling leaves and dropping temperatures. At SEAL-A-DECK, we can get your deck ready for increased rain and snow over the coming months. We also offer the Advantage Plan so that you won’t have to worry about scheduling your yearly wood deck check-up. It also helps save you money over time starting at just $249. Don’t go into the second half of the year with worn-out wood decking or unstable steps. Let our team get your deck ready for whatever the weather will bring.
Get Expert Help
If you have your leaves and amenities taken care of but need a little more help with your deck before the start of fall, give us a call today at 1-877-SEALADECK. We can complete a thorough evaluation and recommend ways to keep your deck functional for many years to come.