In the region of the country we serve, from Richmond, VA to Charleston, SC, outdoor living is a priority for most families. With warm weather starting in early spring and lasting well into the fall in most areas, there’s a lot of time to enjoy deck season! If you and your family have a deck, it’s important to take proper care of it so you can enjoy it for years and years to come.
One thing many homeowners don’t realize is that spring and summer, which are traditional “deck seasons,” can wreak havoc on their decks’ upkeep. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent or repair damage to your deck, but you have to know where to start. That’s where this guide comes in. The next few paragraphs will help you maintain a safe, secure deck, not just this year, but for years to come.
Inspect Your Deck Annually
Even if you live in an area of the Carolinas where winter weather is fairly temperate, cold snaps can still put a strain on your deck, so you can’t ignore this paragraph. If, however, you reside in a region, such as the mountains of North Carolina, where it regularly snows and gets below freezing, it is an absolute must for you to inspect your deck annually in the spring!
Snow and ice, coupled with spring rain, can cause deck boards to rot and crack, and the transition from warm weather to cold weather and back again can cause warping. Any of these issues can make your deck unsafe. If you notice any support beams or deck boards that look rotted, cracked, or warped, contact a professional to look at them immediately. These could collapse, causing you or one of your loved ones to become injured.
Consider Insect Damage
The spring and summer months are prime time for insects in both Virginia and the Carolinas. This can be highly problematic for deck lovers. Termites, carpenter bees, and other pests love to bore into wood deck boards, ultimately making them unsafe. Furthermore, some insects can bite and sting, which is unpleasant as you’re trying to enjoy your outdoor space.
Treating your deck area with insect repellants is a good way to keep this issue at bay, but it may not be a 100% fix. You have to continually be aware of holes in your deck that were not there before, as it can signal a new infestation.
UV Rays Can Fade Paint
If you have a painted deck, in particular, the sun is not always your friend in the spring and summer. Consistent exposure to UV rays causes paint to fade faster, which means you’ll have to repaint your deck more often. One way to combat this is to use stain instead or to invest in a paint that is largely UV-resistant.
No matter what kinds of questions you have about your deck or repairs your deck needs to have done, the Hatch Homes team can help. We’re big fans of outdoor living ourselves, so we know how important it is for you and your loved ones to have a great space to enjoy. Let us help you create your dream deck! Just give us a call to set-up a consultation.