Summerize Your Deck and Patio
Prep your deck for summer fun
Decks have two sworn enemies: UV rays and moisture. Here are some tips toget your deck ready for the prime-time outdoor months and to keep them intip-top shape for years to come.
Summer is half over and then its Fall football time! You’re ready for lazy evenings outside enjoying barbecue – but is your deck ready for the fun? A bit of maintenance right now can keep summer’s favorite stage healthy all year — and you and your family safe along with it.
We will help you and give your deck a once-over
“Check the railings to make sure they’re nice and sturdy. Also:
- Watch for cracks on structural timbers. Are the stair stringers — the notched boards that stair planks rest upon, cracked?
- Take a slotted screwdriver and poke into the wood in spots that look suspect, or where moisture commonly collects — around stair stringers and at the bottom of posts.
- Check the deck’s surface for old nailheads or screws that are protruding, and nail or screw them back in and yank the ones that won’t stay and replace them with galvanized decking screws — a long screw with coarse threads that’s made to be driven with a power-drill driver.
Get Ready to Entertain
Weddings, graduations and summer barbecues are here! Sprucing up your yard now will save last-minute entertaining panic, and who knows, you just might entertain more if your backyard looks gorgeous.
In addition to painting or staining a deck we might suggest: If you are in an area where it is really cold, the winter’s freeze-thaw cycle is tough on patios, so the first step is to clean, tuckpoint and reset any uneven patio pavers. Also this summer has already been very wet and the green of mold is hard to keep away from concrete areas. We powerwash these areas to make them look almost new.
For a very up to date deck area, because we see the patio or deck as an extension of the house, if it’s time to buy new outdoor cushions, it’s ideal to pull the colors used on the interior of the house to the exterior.
Stepping out from your house to your deck or patio should feel like a seamless transition carries the same colors through not only in textiles, but in the containers, table arrangements, benches and trellises that surround your outdoor entertaining area.
According to, decks in particular need to be maintained yearly, with all flooring and handrails washed, sanded and topcoated. If you neglect a deck for very long, you’ll find yourself with major problems and major expenses.
Now is also a good time to consider adding features to your patio, like a fire pit or fountain. Both are easy, attractive ways to draw people out of the house and create a point of interest.