You don’t have to break the bank to have a gorgeous deck. A little care and attention to details will have your back deck looking fresh in no time. Read on for some tips on how to dress up your back deck without emptying your bank account.
Clean the gutters.
The first step is to clean up debris on and around your deck, including from inside the overhanging gutters. Clean gutters will protect your home and the deck below, which you are trying to enhance.
If you never want to do this unsavory job again, consider investing in gutter guards. Gutter guards are installed once and can usually be relied upon to last as long as the house. They keep out debris and allow rainwater to run free along the length of the gutter and through the downspout.
Power wash the deck.
If you don’t own a power washer, you can rent one from a large chain hardware store or a local equipment rental outlet. You’ll want to bring home a bottle of detergent especially formulated for decks to use in the power washer. Spend plenty of time on this step, using a stiff-bristle brush and extra detergent to scrub away stubborn stains.
Make sure you flush away any standing debris in the crevice between the deck and your home. Standing moisture here can rot away door thresholds, causing considerable work and time to repair. Allow the deck to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.