If your Atlanta home has a backyard porch, it is most likely a frequently used outdoor living space. However, porches that fall into disrepair can turn into a headache. Once your porch deteriorates, it may be an area your family no longer goes out to. By following a few porch maintenance tips, you can enjoy this living space for years to come. Having a beautiful backyard or front yard porch provides value to your family and the resale of your home.
Porch Maintenance Tips
The first step in maintaining a beautiful porch is to clean it regularly. Cleaning the floor of your porch is relatively easy. Vacuum the floor to remove the dust and pollen. Dampen a mop with a mild solution of vinegar and water and mop the surface. Sweeping and vacuuming prevents dirt from causing damage. Depending on the flooring, dirt gets into the grooves of the surface and scratches the floor.
Repair the Porch Sealing
If your porch is made from wood, consider resealing the floor periodically. How often you reseal the floor depends on the amount of wear and tear your porch receives. Generally, we have found that porch sealing is necessary every 5 to 7 years.
How to Reseal Your Porch
Clean as described above, and when the floor is dry, brush on the sealer of your choice. Be careful and avoid lap marks when applying the sealer. Avoid walking on the floor until it is completely dry!
Screened-In Porch Maintenance
Re-screen your porch only as necessary. Many homeowners find that birds flying into the screen causes holes, pets may rip them, and kids playing may damage them. Our screened-in porch contractors can repair your porch screens quickly and expertly.
Long-term Porch Maintenance and Care
Inspecting for Damage
Posts of pressure-treated lumber will occasionally warp or “check” (a fissure develops down the post). This is normal and due to the expansion and contraction of the wood. There is no need to be concerned, the post is still sound. Another common occurrence is sap bleeding from knotholes. Again, this is nothing to worry about and is typical of many types of wood. If you see any damage to the flooring, it is best to repair it as soon as possible. Small areas of damage can quickly grow with wear and tear.
Porch Mold and Mildew Prevention
Mold and mildew on ceilings and walls can form in damp and shady environments. You can remedy this with a solution of water and bleach. Start with a 1:4 bleach to water ratio. Strengthen as needed. Prevent mold and mildew on your porch by eliminating any damp areas and preventing water from accumulating.
Construction and Renovations in Atlanta
If your porch has fallen into disrepair or just needs a refresh, contact porch construction experts. Outdoor Makeover & Living Spaces build and design porches in Atlanta. Our custom porch solutions are built to last and provide a great outdoor living area. Give our Atlanta porch contractors a call to start your home makeover.