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Wood Deck Maintenance Tips for Spring in Cincinnati

Wood Deck Maintenance Tips For Spring in Cincinnati

Spring is the season to spend some time attending to the impact that nature has on our homes. Nowhere are those impacts more visible than in our outdoor spaces; especially our decks. Spring wood deck maintenance is vital to ensuring the long-term beauty and functionality of your deck.

Your deck is one outdoor living space that is quite susceptible to the elements. Rain, snow, and the summer sun can cause your wooden deck to rot, leaving you with major repairs and a real pain.

Here are 4 spring wood deck maintenance tips to make sure your deck is well protected, allowing you and your family to enjoy it for years to come.

Wood Deck Maintenance Tips:

1. Inspect

The first step in wood deck maintenance is to take a good look around your deck and its supports to find any splintering, protruding nails, or wood rot.  This is a good time to hammer any protruding nails back down and sand your deck to ensure a smooth surface. If you do find evidence of wood rot, you may need to replace boards or even supports to ensure the safety of your deck.

2. Clean

Sweep the deck clear of debris that has collected over the cooler months, and clean with a mild deck cleaner. Usually a good stiff bristled brush that is designed to clean deck surfaces will do a great job. If using a power washer, be sure to use a low pressure setting. People often make the mistake of pressure washing a deck with an overly-high pressure setting, causing gouges to form in their deck surface.

3. Stain

Stain your deck with a light or clear-finish stain. The stain should be water repellent or waterproof, and offer protection against the sun. Though staining your deck will give it the color it once had or the one of your choosing, the more your deck is exposed to the sun, the sooner some areas of the deck will begin to fade. Finding a good UV and fade-resistant stain will help your deck to look better, longer.

4. Seal

See the difference a coat of sealant can make to your deck.

Sealing your deck is so important when it comes to keeping water from penetrating into the boards. This can prevent a whole host of issues such as mold and wood rot. When applying your sealant, be sure to brush or roll an even distribution across your deck surface to ensure the best level of protection. Avoid spraying your sealant to prevent overspray onto non-wood surfaces. While it likely isn’t necessary to stain your deck every year, you should refinish a deck at least every 3 years, typically sooner. 

As always, we would love to help you master your list of home repair and maintenance projects this spring. Visit us online at, or call 513-322-2914 to schedule an appointment.

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