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3 SIMPLE IDEAS TO UPGRADE AND IMPROVE YOUR DECK

3 SIMPLE IDEAS TO UPGRADE AND IMPROVE YOUR DECK

A Good Clean Works Wonders

Your deck may be beyond repair, in which case it may be time to make an appointment with a Pasadena decking contractor to see about replacement. But if your deck is simply looking a little sad, spring is a good time to spruce it up and give it a new lease of life. A couple of hours with a power washer can work wonders and take off grime, flaking bits of wood and that slick layer of green slime that arrives with the first drops of winter rain.

HANDLE WITH CARE

Any experienced deck builder recommends lavishing a little tender loving care on your wooden deck. Make sure you treat it gently when cleaning or you will end up damaging the wood and making things worse. Pasadena decking contractors are frequently called out to correct the problems caused by over zealous cleaning. Pressure washers can pack anything from 30 to 80 times more pressure than a garden hose and should not be held too close to the wooden surface being cleaned. Clear the deck completely before you begin. Install the soap dispensing nozzle onto the tip of the power washer and distribute the wood cleaner of your choice over the deck in long, overlapping strokes. If stains are stubborn, you may need a stiff scrubbing brush and a lot of elbow grease.

FEED THE WOOD

Moisture will dull the surface of your wooden deck. Pasadena decking companies recommended that you refinish your deck every two years with a sealer or protective wood stain or linseed oil rub to keep out moisture and feed the wood. Make sure there are no spots where water pools on the deck or where an outdoor faucet habitually splashes and drips as this will gradually rot the wood.

ADD FLOWER OR VEGGIE BOXES

There is nothing more traditional than bright red geraniums cascading out of flower boxes. Ask your deck builder whether he can create purpose built planters to hang on the railings of the deck. Fill them with colorful of plants of your choice and change them with the season to add interest. If your deck receives abundant light and sunshine, try growing your own vegetables. Your deck builder can create large planting boxes that are practical as well as decorative. The handiest place for an edible garden to be is right next to house where you can easily pop out and snip a few herbs. Just make sure that your deck is strong enough to support the extra weight that wooden planters can add.