Tips To Help Keep Your Deck In Pristine Condition

Your deck is likely one of the most exposed parts of your home, and it should come as no surprise that this means it requires special care to keep it maintained. Unfortunately, some new homeowners are unsure of the various demands that their deck requires, and this can cause them to make mistakes that can shorten its usable life and negatively impact your home's appearance. Luckily, deck maintenance does not have to be a mysterious task because there are a couple of simple preventative maintenance tips you can follow to avoid the worst of these problems. 

Seal The Bottom Of The Deck

Most homeowners are aware of the importance of sealing their deck to prevent it from rotting. Unfortunately, many of these people make the mistake of only sealing the visible portions of the deck. While the top of the deck will experience extreme moisture exposure, it is not the only part that is vulnerable to this threat. 

Making this mistake can expose the under portion of your deck to rot and insect damage. While these problems may not readily be visible to you, they can severely compromise the structural integrity of the deck, and this can make it more likely for individuals to suffer accidental injuries. To avoid this problem, you should always make it a point to seal under the deck. This simple step can avoid the need for you to pay for extremely expensive repairs or civil liabilities for problems with your deck. 

Replace Any Cracked Boards

While sealing the deck can help it avoid the ravages of rot and insect damage, there are other problems that your wood can experience. In particular, it is not uncommon for boards to develop splits and cracks. These may not seem like major problems, but they can allow moisture to make it past your sealant. 

Unfortunately, there is no simple or easy way to repair these boards without replacing them. While there may be wood fillers that you may be tempted to try, these fillers are usually unsuitable for the extreme conditions that a deck will face, and this makes them more likely to prematurely fail. For those that lack the tools or experience needed to work on their decks, it is advised to have a professional perform this work to ensure that it meets local building codes. 

Your deck is a major part of your home, and it is important to keep it safe from some routine forms of damage. However, if you have never owned a deck before, there is a large chance that you will lack the knowledge needed to keep the deck looking great. By understanding the importance of sealing the under portion of the deck and the need to replace damaged boards, you can avoid routine causes of repairs that plague some deck owners.