Get Your Deck Spring-Ready With Johnson Lumber’s Ultimate Deck Restoration Checklist

As the frost of winter thaws and the warmth of spring begins to rejuvenate the world outside, homeowners everywhere start to envision the return to outdoor living with a fresh deck restoration. 

At Johnson Lumber, with over a century of dedication to serving the central Maryland area, we understand the excitement and the necessity of preparing your outdoor spaces for the coming seasons. 

This year, we’re here to guide you through making your deck the perfect springtime retreat. From crucial deck repairs to aesthetic enhancements, we’ve got the checklist that’ll help your deck restoration plans for spring. Let’s get to it!

  1. Deep Clean the Deck

Begin with a thorough clean to remove dirt, debris, and any remnants of winter. 

A power wash can rejuvenate the surface, but ensure it’s done with a technique that won’t damage the wood or composite material.

  1. Check for Damage

Inspect your deck for any signs of wear and tear from the harsh winter months. 

Look for loose boards, protruding nails, or areas that seem weaker. Early detection is key to avoiding more extensive damage.

  1. Make Any Repairs

Once you’ve identified any issues, promptly address them. 

Replace damaged boards, secure loose parts, and ensure your deck is structurally sound. This step is crucial for safety and longevity. If you need any assistance with your deck repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

  1. Accessorize

Enhance your deck’s functionality and aesthetic with the right accessories

Consider decking fasteners for durability, hidden fastening systems for a sleek look, and under deck dry area systems to maximize your outdoor space.

  1. Refresh the Furnishings

Update or clean your outdoor furniture to make your deck more welcoming. 

Look for durable, weather-resistant materials that complement the style of your deck and home.

  1. Sand and Refinish

For wooden decks, sanding and refinishing can restore their original beauty and protect them from the elements. 

Choose a finish or stain that suits the style of your home and provides the desired level of protection.

  1. Consider New Shade Options

Introduce new shade solutions to enhance comfort and usability during sunny days. 

Pergolas, awnings, or large umbrellas can add both style and practicality to your outdoor living area.

  1. Touch Up the Landscaping

Well-maintained landscaping around your deck can transform your outdoor space. 

Trim any overgrown foliage and consider planting flowers or shrubs that complement the deck and your home’s exterior.

  1. Brighten It Up with Lighting

Add lighting to extend the usability of your deck into the evening.

Solar-powered lights, string lights, or LED deck lights can create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  1. Keep It Clean

Regular maintenance throughout the spring and summer will keep your deck in top condition. 

Quick clean-ups after use and periodic checks for new issues will help prolong the life of your deck.

  1. Inspect and Update Deck Railings

Beyond basic repairs, ensure your deck’s railings are secure and up to local building codes. 

Updating railings can significantly improve safety and aesthetics, offering a fresh look or better views.

  1. Apply a Water Repellent Seal

Especially for wood decks, applying a water repellent seal can protect against moisture damage from spring rains. 

This step helps in preventing rot, warping, and other moisture-related issues.

  1. Install or Update Stair Safety Features

Ensure the safety of deck stairs by checking for wear and tear, and consider adding or updating features like non-slip stair treads and handrails. 

Adequate lighting for stairs is also crucial for nighttime safety.

  1. Evaluate Deck Furniture for Comfort and Safety

In addition to refreshing the furnishings, evaluate their safety and comfort. 

Replace any furniture that’s become wobbly or deteriorated over time, and consider ergonomic options for seating to enhance comfort.

  1. Add or Update Privacy Features

If your deck is visible from neighbors or the street, consider adding privacy screens or landscaping features that provide a natural barrier. 

This can create a more secluded and intimate outdoor space.

  1. Plan for Pest Control

Spring and summer can bring pests. Plan for pest control by incorporating citronella candles, plants that naturally repel insects, or a more permanent solution like screened enclosures.

  1. Create a Storage Solution for Deck Accessories

Consider adding storage solutions for cushions, grilling accessories, and other deck items. 

Storage benches or a small outdoor shed can keep your deck organized and protect items from weather damage.

  1. Integrate Smart Technology

For an ultramodern deck, integrate smart technology features like outdoor Wi-Fi extenders, smart lighting, or weatherproof speakers. 

These technologies can enhance the functionality and enjoyment of your outdoor space.

  1. Establish a Regular Maintenance Schedule

Create a checklist and schedule for regular maintenance tasks.

Regularly sweeping, checking for loose fixtures, and monitoring for signs of damage can keep your deck in prime condition and extend its lifespan.

  1. Plan for Seasonal Changes

Finally, consider how changes in the season could affect your deck and plan accordingly. 

This might involve seasonal décor, preparing for summer heat with additional shade, or incorporating flexible features that can adjust to different needs throughout the year.

Get Your Fresh Deck Restoration for Spring and Summer With Johnson Lumber!

Spring is the perfect time for deck restoration to freshen up your outdoor living space, and Johnson Lumber is here to help. 

If you have questions about getting your deck ready for spring or are interested in the benefits of composite decking, get in touch with the team at Johnson Lumber.

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