Rather it’s for barbecuing or simply hanging out outside at home, a rough deck and fence can truly spoil the mood. There are maintenance and upgrades you can consider undertaking to make a change that makes a difference.
1-Staining your Deck
Whether you’re finishing a new deck or fence, or an existing one is starting to look worn, applying a stain can give it a fresh new look and protect the wood from discoloration caused by sunlight.
2-Thorough cleaning of your Deck
Regular cleaning of your deck will keep its appearance in tip-top shape and will help minimize deterioration. Try scraping, sanding off old weathered paint, then use a stiff bristle brush to remove flaking stain or dirt. Apply a deck brightener product to wood areas, mix the product according to fabricator’s guidelines. Work the brightener into the wood with a stiff bristle brush. Finish it off by using a power washer with a fan spray nozzle. Watch out, cedar decks requires low power setting to avoid damaging the wood.
Most decks generally need repair once they’re 10 to 15 years old. Repairs generally involving some resetting of the bolts, replacing decking boards. An older deck, often have more problems, moisture damage or rot in deck framing indicates that it is time for a new deck. One disintegrating joist or post commonly signifies that more are in the same upcoming condition.
4-Installing a new railing
Building codes vary, but most require a railing on decks more than 30 inches above the ground. A railing height requirement of 36 inches is common. The pickets distance code may vary from locations to locations.
5-Repairing your fence
Fences are built to last, but they may eventually need some maintenance and repair. With some basic tools, you can make your fence look better and last longer.
6-Installing a prefab fence panels
Compared to other fencing styles that require a lot of cutting and nailing, prefab fencing is both fast and easy. Find these easily at your home renovation centers. The main great tip about this is to make sure that your posts are placed EXACT to the span of the panel.
All great ideas, of course are perfectly doable yourself with a little elbow-grease!
Find help from home reno center, a local sharp handymen or a general contractor.