5 Tips to Keep Your Wood Deck Looking Its Best


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.

Drive deck nails into deck

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,

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Patio Refresh with Olympic Stain

When updating your patio, you want something that is functional but also beautiful. Corey Decker of Sawdust to Stitches did just that by updating her outdoor furniture with a fresh new coat of stain and sealant and by building an exterior planter wall to house some greenery. Keep reading to see how Corey refreshed her patio with Olympic Stain from The Home Depot.

I’m going to just come right out and say it, our back porch has been neglected. Sure, I purchased some chairs a couple years back, but that’s about it. The last few years have not been kind to said rocking chairs and they are in pretty sad condition. If I am being completely honest, I just haven’t been very motivated. Living in Florida has made me hesitant to give this area a facelift. I didn’t want all my hard work to be destroyed by the Florida heat. Have you ever experienced this fear too? Well, I am happy to report that I have found the answer. The best thing you can do to protect your wood projects is by staining and sealing, and Olympic Stain has just the products you need to do this all in one

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