9 Tips To Get Your Deck Ready for Summer – Without A Deck Rebuild!

From 4th of July to Labor Day and everything in between, the summer season is upon us. With nothing but gorgeous weather and great grilling opportunities here to stay, it’s time to make sure your deck is ready for all the summer fun, sun, and outdoor gatherings. 

As homeowners eager to make the most of your outdoor space, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of ways to spruce up your deck without the hassle and expense of a complete rebuild. From deep cleaning to adding decorative touches, we’ve got you covered with practical tips that will make your deck the perfect summer hangout spot. 

At Johnson Lumber, with over 100 years of experience serving the central Maryland area, we are here to help you prepare your deck for a summer to remember.

  1. Deep Cleaning To Give Your Deck a Fresh Start

Before you start adding new elements to your deck, it’s crucial to begin with a deep cleaning. Over the winter, your deck likely accumulated dirt, debris, and mildew. A thorough cleaning will not only make it look better but also extend its life.

Tip: Use a deck cleaner or a mix of water and mild detergent. Scrub the surface with a stiff brush and rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer. Imagine inviting your friends over for a barbecue and having them marvel at your sparkling clean deck as they step outside. For stubborn stains, consider using a specialized deck cleaner that can tackle mold and mildew effectively.

  1. Restaining/Sealing To Protect and Beautify

To protect your deck from the harsh summer sun and rain, restaining or sealing is essential. A high-quality stain or sealant will offer UV protection and water resistance, preserving the wood and enhancing its appearance.

Tip: Opt for a stain that complements your home’s exterior. When applying, make sure the deck is completely dry, and use a brush or roller to ensure even coverage. This not only boosts aesthetics but also prevents future damage.

  1. Inspect and Repair To  Ensure Safety and Longevity

Regular inspection and maintenance of your deck can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. Check for any loose boards, nails, or screws, and repair or replace damaged components.

Tip: Look out for splintered wood, rusted nails, and wobbly railings. Addressing these issues promptly ensures your deck remains a safe and inviting space for everyone.

  1. Prepare the Grill and Get Ready for Cookouts

No summer deck is complete without a grill ready for cookouts. Clean and inspect your grill, ensuring it’s in good working condition. Stock up on propane or charcoal and grilling accessories.

Tip: A clean and well-maintained grill ensures you’re ready to whip up delicious meals without any hitches. Don’t forget to check the gas lines for leaks and ensure your grill tools are within easy reach.

  1. Update Lighting To Create Evening Ambiance

Proper lighting can transform your deck into a magical evening retreat. Install or update outdoor lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere for evening gatherings.

Tip: Consider string lights draped across the pergola, lanterns placed strategically around the deck, or solar-powered path lights. Imagine an intimate dinner under the stars with soft lights twinkling around you, setting the perfect mood for any occasion.

  1. Refresh Furniture For A Summer of Comfort and Style

Your outdoor furniture should be as inviting as your indoor spaces. Clean or replace outdoor furniture cushions and covers. Consider adding new pieces or repainting existing furniture for a fresh look.

Tip: Bright, new cushion covers can add a pop of color and make your deck feel like a true extension of your home.

  1. Add Plants To Bring Your Deck to Life

Incorporating plants into your deck decor can add greenery and vibrancy. Think of colorful flowers in hanging baskets swaying gently in the breeze, or the convenience of snipping fresh herbs for your meals. Plants not only beautify your space but also create a more relaxing and inviting environment.

Tip: Use potted plants, hanging baskets, or even a small herb garden.

  1. Set Up Shade To Stay Cool

Ensure your deck is comfortable during hot summer days by providing adequate shade. Shade solutions like a stylish pergola or a large, colorful umbrella can keep your deck cool and usable all day long.

Tip: Install umbrellas, pergolas, or shade sails.

  1. Decorate To Add Personality and Comfort

Finally, personalize your deck with decorative accents. Add outdoor rugs, pillows, and other accessories to create a cozy and inviting space.

Tip: Think about a theme that reflects your style, whether it’s nautical, rustic, or modern. An outdoor rug can really pull the space together, while decorative pillows add comfort and color, making your deck the perfect place to relax and entertain.

Get In Touch With Our Expert Team For Your Deck Rebuild Needs

While these tips can significantly enhance your deck, sometimes more extensive measures, such as a deck rebuild, may be necessary. 
If your deck inspection reveals any serious issues, don’t hesitate to contact us at Johnson Lumber. We’re here to help you ensure your deck is in perfect condition for all your summer activities – and beyond.

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