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Summer is here and you’ll finally get a chance to make use of your deck. In order to keep it looking nicer longer, you’ll need to take care of it. Here is a checklist of things you can do to make sure your home’s deck is always in great condition.

Check for damage. Each year, it’s a good idea to look for damaged boards on the deck and steps. Look for worn spots or signs of rotting so you can take care of it right away.

Check the structure. Look for signs of insect or animal damage, such as chewed boards or brittle wood. If you see signs of animal or insect damage, consider installing a barrier or hiring a pest-control professional.

Look for loose nails. If you see loose nails, screws, or bolts, there is a possibility your deck boards could come loose. Get any loose hardware back in place, or replace them if needed.

Clean up. Clean your deck at least once a year to prevent mold, dirt, grime, and mildew from building up over time. Not only will this minimize possible damage, but it will also make your deck look new. Even if your deck is vinyl, it should be washed each year. Between cleanings, use a leaf blower to keep your deck free of debris.

Stain or seal. It’s a good idea to re-stain or re-seal your deck each year to save it from one of the biggest damagers: water.

Do your research. If you have a wood deck, find out the specific care instructions for the type of wood on your deck.

By taking care of your deck and completing preventative maintenance each year, your deck will maintain its value and serve as an enjoyable place for your friends and family to gather each summer.