From icy conditions to sunny weather, there’s only so much that your backyard deck can handle. And if you don’t take proper care of your deck, chances are you’ll need to spend a fortune replacing it sooner rather than later. However, following this four step process can save you big bucks and keep your deck looking new for years to come:

Step 1: We’ve endured a lot of snow this winter. So when removing heavy accumulations, shovel carefully. Shovel along the boards to prevent scratching the wood and use a plastic shovel, as they are less likely to cause damage to the deck’s surface.

Step 2: Keep your deck clean by washing mildew away. Keeping it clean in this sense will prevent mold and moss growth. So before you make any repairs next month, keep in mind that pressure washing it to remove dirt and debris will keep it free from rust and deterioration. Bonus tip: wash along with the grain of your boards as to not damage the wood.

Step 3: Stain it! That’s right - staining your deck can prevent your deck long even after it has been sealed. But first, make sure there is still a coating on the surface of your wood, and if not, you will need to recoat.

Step 4: Keep up with maintenance. Washing your deck once a season won’t do your beautiful wood justice. Moss can grow at any time of the year, and debris can ruin it at any given time as well. That is why washing your deck on a weekly or bi-weekly basis is the best plan of action to avoid deck damage.

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Another way you can protect your deck from damage is to install a customized awning. At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awning styles from which to choose. We also provide you with top notch services and custom-tailored to your exact needs. We are pioneers in providing high quality awning services and awning products, and have been for three long generations! To learn more about our commercial and residential awnings, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.