Spring is here! Many people are getting the cabin fever being inside and want to get their outdoor space ready for lounging in the sun.
After a long New England winter, your deck might be in rougher shape than you first left it. Now is the best time to get outside and take care of it. Don’t wait until the weather is too lovely, and you want to go out there and enjoy your deck!
Clean it off
Start by thoroughly cleaning off the deck. Give yourself space to get a good look at what the winter may have done to the condition of the wood, railings, and connections. Try also to rinse off any dirt and grime that has collected over the months to give you a clean slate to work with.
Stain Your Deck
Once your deck is completely dry, it’s time to stain. The right stain will make your deck look great as well as protect the wood from UV rays that could cause more wear and tear long before the decking material should need to be replaced. Excessive moisture and sunlight are the two things that can break down wood and other decking materials faster than anything else can. Choose a transparent stain if you want to show the wood off. Opt to go with an opaque or solid stain to cover decks that are a bit older. These darker stains will also provide more long-term UV protection for the wood to keep older decks lasting longer.
Choose what you want to add
Now is the time to think about how you felt about your deck last spring and summer. What did you need last that you didn’t have available? Maybe you want solar deck lights for extra safety at night. Perhaps more reliable deck lighting is the ticket to being able to enjoy the deck into the early hours of the morning. Did you wish you had some shade? Consider an awning or a big umbrella over a table. Some homeowners even opt for a deck heater or lamps to prolong the time they can spend outdoors.
Clean again and reorganize
One of the final steps in getting your deck ready is cleaning the furniture and putting everything back. If you had your deck furniture set away in a shed or garage, dust it off and clean the upholstery if necessary. Choose some potted plants and flowers to give the space a fresh feel!