A new deck is an investment in outdoor living entertainment that you will enjoy for years to come. Yet, it does come at a price, and you want to be sure you’re getting the most for your money.
Of course, if you’re installing a new deck, Trex Protect is a vital way to guard against damage. Trex Protect is a non-skid, self-adhesive deck flashing tape that shields the tops of joists, rim joists, beams, and ledger board from moisture that can lead to the development of rot and wood decay.
In addition to protecting the substructure and ensuring proper installation and sealing of the upper boards, you will still need to be proactive in guarding your exposed wood against the elements. In the years to come, here are the top three things to make your deck last:
- Keep it clean. The number one thing you can do for any deck is to clear it regularly of debris. Why? Because debris can trap moisture and can also cause stains on your deck. Likewise, keep snow from sitting on your deck for any period of time. Again, moisture is your wooden deck’s worst enemy.
- Keep it sealed. Depending on the type of stain you use and the deck’s exposure to the elements, you’ll need to reseal your deck regularly. In the spring, mildew can build up and not only impact the quality of your wood but also make your deck dangerously slippery to walk on. By sealing your deck annually (and spring is a good time to do it), you can avoid the build-up of mildew and mold. Important tip: before sealing, always wash your deck with a deck cleaner and allow the wood to completely dry — usually for at least two days.
- Keep it in good repair. At least once a year, check for any loose boards, screws that are coming out, or other maintenance issues. Make repairs when you first see an issue before it becomes a hazard. Trim back any shrubs or trees that might create additional moisture for your deck or which might fall on your deck and damage it — or your furnishings. Finally, check your gutters to be sure that water is moving away from your deck and home and not causing damage.
With these three tips, you can enjoy many future outdoor parties and afternoons in the hammock on your deck. Happy spring!