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Here’s How To Get Your Deck Ready For Spring

This checklist will have your deck ready for warmer days in no time!

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Step one: Check the structureFamily Handyman

Step one: Check the structure

This first step is especially important for those who have a wooden deck. If your deck is made of natural redwood, cedar, or a pressure-treated wood, you need to check out the deck’s structure. Look for any signs of rot, mildew, or popped out nails. This easy deck inspection checklist can help you with that.

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Step two: Look for rotJulie Vader/Shutterstock

Step two: Look for rot

Wood rot can look multiple different ways. Look for soft spots on the deck, any discoloration of the wood, splintering, or parts that are particularly loose in your deck. It is vital that you check for these in the structure of your deck, since it can be a matter of safety.

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Step three: Replace the woodgoodluz/Shutterstock

Step three: Replace the wood

If you are seeing any signs of rot, you should consider replacing those areas with sections of new wood. Simply cut off the damaged parts and replace it with new wood. If the rot goes pretty deep, you may want to consider replacing parts (or even all) of the structure.

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Step four: Look for mildew

Step four: Look for mildew

Along with rot, mildew can easily build up after a harsh winter. Luckily, that’s easier to treat compared to wood rot. Although some people use bleach, it’s actually better to use a wood cleaner that is recommended for your specific deck stain.

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Step five: Clean the surfacesFamily Handyman

Step five: Clean the surfaces

Having your deck professionally cleaned and stained could cost you several hundred dollars compared to what it would cost for you to do it yourself. You can actually rent a pressure washer and renew your deck on your own!

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Step six: Remove flaking deck stainFamily Handyman

Step six: Remove flaking deck stain

Now that you’ve checked your structure, fixed any issues, and cleaned the surfaces, it’s now time to evaluate the state of your deck’s stain. How does it look? If it’s looking flaky, it may be time to remove that flaky deck stain and revive your deck with a fresh new coat! You could also consider giving it a coat of paint if that’s how you would rather restore your deck.

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Step seven: Give it an upgradeIrina Mos/Shutterstock

Step seven: Give it an upgrade

Now that your deck is checked, cleaned, and coated in a new stain or paint, it’s time to give it the upgrade it deserves! Enhance your outdoor space with some new deck lighting, a shade with this DIY awning, or even a tiered plant stand.