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How to Maintain Your Decks and Porches

While decks and porches can last several years, they are susceptible to damage from weather. Whether your porch is screened-in or not, applying a layer of sunscreen to protect it from the sun and fading is a good way to prevent these issues. In addition to applying sunscreen, you should also clean and inspect your deck frequently. Keeping these surfaces clean will also help preserve their beauty and prevent further damage.

Aside from cleaning, regular inspections are also important for maintaining your decks and porches. Check the boards for signs of rot, mildew, and insect infestation. Make sure you remove loose boards and replace them with a new one if necessary. You can even purchase materials for your decks and porches from a major home improvement center or home improvement store. If you want to install new materials, ask the contractor to do it for you if he has any special recommendations.

If you plan on adding more seating or a pool table, remember to keep it free of objects. Heavy weight can cause the deck or porch to sag and sink. Guardrails and handrails may be wobbly and give way with a little push. Look for signs of carpenter ants and termites, which can damage wooden materials. If you see loose boards, make sure they are glued down.

While the materials used for decks and porches are typically made of pressure-treated lumber, it is important to protect them from wood-boring insects. Snow can add an extra layer of weight and can cause swaying and instability. Furthermore, the freezing and thawing cycles during the winter months can further stress the materials of the deck or porch. You should also apply a protective coating to prevent mildew and fungi from entering the wood and creating further damage.

As mentioned before, a deck or porch should be protected against wood-boring insects. Its materials are susceptible to termites and other wood-boring insects. The presence of snow on a deck or porch will add additional weight to it and lead to instability and swaying. A few small cracks in the structure may also lead to further damage if the wood is rotten. It is best to hire professionals to perform these maintenance tasks.

The first step in caring for your decks and porches is to protect them from wood-boring insects. While most decks and porches are made of pressure-treated lumber, they are still vulnerable to wood-boring insects. Some of these insects include termites and carpenter ants. A yearly inspection will help you catch infestations at an early stage. However, it is essential to keep your porch and/or deck waterproof.