How to protect your deck during summer [Video]

Planning to sell your home this summer? Your deck is definitely going to get some extra attention. To prepare, do some summertime deck maintenance so your outdoor relaxation area can withstand the literal and metaphorical heat.

Start off the process by addressing any grime. If potted plants take up a portion of your deck space, move them and clean up the wet soil that lies beneath. Then, find your plants a new home to prevent future buildup. Additionally, take care of anything that might lead to messy situations in the future. For instance, the grease that flies off food during backyard barbecues can stain deck surfaces, so attach a grease catcher to your grill or relocate it altogether.

Once you’ve tidied up, move onto protective measures. Make sure your deck is sealed against the elements and destructive organisms. Apply water repellent to keep moisture from penetrating your planks and slap on some wood preservative to address possible insect activity.

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