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Top Tips to Accelerate Your Deck Restoration

August 2nd, 2016
Deck Restoration

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Spending time in the beautiful Denver sunshine is one of the best ways to enjoy summer, but spending that time on your deck in the Denver sun is even better. Fortunately, we get enough sunshine that deck lounging is possible for much of the year. However, our winters are snowy and cold, creating harsh conditions for the delicate wooden surfaces many decks are made of. If you own a deck, you can be sure that deck restoration will be necessary at least once in the structure’s lifetime. Because we need nice weather to make this project possible, it’s pertinent to your summer (and ours) that your restoration goes as quickly as possible. So, we’ve compiled a list of tips that can help get our crews off your deck and you back on it.

Clear Your Deck Surface

This goes without saying, but you’d be surprised by how many times we’ve shown up to a home only to find a full patio set ready to host a party.  Our team is always happy to do this for you, but if you’re able, moving these items before we arrive is a wise choice. It will help the job move quickly, and you’ll be back to enjoying your outdoor living space in no time. If you do need us to move it, please leave a note detailing where to put the furniture. We don’t want to bother you, and we’re sure you don’t want your day to be interrupted.

Beyond furniture, please have your deck free of leaves and other debris. This is another small thing that only increases the time before we can start restoring your deck. Again, we’re happy to help out when needed, but preparing ahead of time allows for a more efficient process.

Remove Any Plants

Plants are often overlooked by homeowners who are preparing for deck restoration. Surprisingly, it’s not always plants on the deck that are at risk. Hanging baskets are susceptible to deck stripping chemicals, and especially so when these chemicals are expelled from a pressure washer. Even if only water is used to clean your deck surface, a weaker pressure washer still delivers over 1000 pounds per square inch. The many spindles and hand rails that hanging baskets are often near need to be cleaned too, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid contact with plants.

If you decide to leave your hanging baskets up anyway, we’ll respect your choice and do our best to avoid damaging them, but it’s always better to take precautions when you can.

Note Any Structural Damage

Keeping track of any structural damage is extremely important in deck maintenance. This isn’t about nails coming up from the floor, although that’s important too, but more about splintering floorboards, rotting supports, and other serious issues. After we arrive we’ll go over the deck to check for any structural issues, but we don’t walk on it every day; you do. The chances of you noticing any deteriorating wood on your own property are fairly high, and it’s certainly worth mentioning your concerns to our foreman. There may also be purely cosmetic damage that you would like to have repaired, as well, but we’ll never know unless you ask.

Hopefully, our list of tips gives you some insight into our line of thinking when we come to restore your deck. We love our job, and take pride in doing what we can to make Denver’s homeowners happy. These few suggestions can save you money and ensure we all get to take advantage of Denver’s incredible summers. If your deck needs restoring, consider contacting us. We have years of experience and stand behind our work. Give us a call for a free estimate.

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