A wood deck is a welcome home addition for many reasons. It’s a nice architectural element, it enhances the backyard and it offers a place for relaxation.
It’s also eco-friendly. Real wood is a renewable building material that’s durable, easy to work with and affordable. Plus, the production of wood decking has minimal environmental impact.
But a deck requires a lot of upkeep. You need to give it a visual inspection at least once a year to make sure it’s in good shape. Otherwise, it won’t last long at all.
Consider this your deck maintenance checklist. Here are the basics to care for your wood deck so it has a long life.
1. Look for Loose Nails
Deck nails have a way of rising up as the structure ages, causing a serious tripping hazard.
If you see a nail sticking out of a deck board, you have two solutions:
• Drive the nail back into place. (Just make sure the nail isn’t flush, but below, the surface. That way, if the nail pops up a bit, it won’t be in the way.)
Watch ‘How to Fix a Deck with Loose Nails’ for details.
• Replace the nail with coated,