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Best Deck Maintenance for Your Atlanta Home

An outdoor deck with lighting in Atlanta.

Having a deck or porch on your home is a wonderful way to expand your living and entertainment area. The space is perfect for casual dining, offers a place for the kids to play, or even provides a spot for an easily accessible container garden. However, without proper deck maintenance you will eventually have simply a collection of planks with no value.

Unlike other areas of your home, your deck is exposed to the weather year-round. From harsh rain and even snow to extreme heat, all of these take their toll. And while there are many material choices for deck building, there are still commonalities when it comes to ensuring your deck always looks great and is around for years to come. These basic deck maintenance tips can extend the life of your deck and keep it ready for every season.

Deck Maintenance Tips

Like anything, having a plan makes it easier to see that things get done. Here is a simple approach to protecting and maintaining your deck.

Spring:

Apply a sealer or stain. This is often a 2-day job as it involves first clean off the deck using a broom followed by a soft brush and cleaner. Then, sand down the deck, then replacing or removing any nails or screws that have popped out, then applying the stain/sealer. To even better protect your investment, consider using a paint with UV protection.

If your deck boards are made from composite, then it is not always necessary to stain it, but if you do be sure to use a product designed for composite wood.

Summer:

Look for signs of rot. Begin by checking stairs and the perimeter of each post. Be sure to inspect the framing, joists, posts, and beams.

Check the railing for any loose or damaged posts or connections. Look for cracks that may have developed since spring.

Fall:

Don’t let leaves and other debris pile up in the corners or shaded areas of the porch.

Trim any nearby bushes or tree that could drop leaves or branches in the cooler months. Ideally, they to be at least 12 inches from the deck to prevent – or at least minimize – growth of mold, moss and rot.

Move any planters, chairs and tables from time to time to avoid discoloring the decking.

Be sure to keep the gutters and downspouts in good shape. Replace the ones that are damaged or cracked sooner rather than later.

Don’t ignore deck maintenance. Like other home maintenance jobs, it is important, and failing to do it can have detrimental effects. If you are concerned about the status of your home’s deck work, contact the Outdoor Makeover team today and ask for an assessment.

 
 
   
  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

    Christy A. Sandy Springs, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

  • “Navid and the Outdoor Makeover team are top notch. They found solutions within our price range and help us accomplish our most important priorities. Further, even after we paid them in full and needed them to come back to touch up some items, they came back within 1 week. This is UNHEARD of these days! I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

    Amy & Joe Roswell, GA

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