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Fall Maintenance

Posted 6 October 2017 4:30 PM by Jase DeBoer

September 22 marked the official first day of fall. For those in the northern states and some other areas, the temperature starts to drop and the air becomes crisper. Leaves change colors to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Soon enough, those leaves will start falling, landing in your yard and on your deck. 

ProWood® is built to last, and we want to share a few fall maintenance tips to keep your deck looking as good as new this season and beyond.

  • Keep leaves, seedpods and sticks off your deck by raking or sweeping. Leaves and other debris collected and left on your deck may create an unsightly stain.
  • Inspect your deck. Check for loose screws and test the handrails. Make adjustments if needed. You’ll want to replace any damaged boards during this time.
  • Remove potted plants. Moisture can get trapped underneath the pot and mold and mildew may develop. If mold is present on your treated lumber surface, use a mild soap and water to clean the area.
  • When and how often you need to apply a wood sealer depends on your region and climate. You'll know when to apply it by dripping water onto the deck surface. If the water quickly absorbs, it's time to reapply a wood sealer. 
  • We're all about decorating your deck for the holidays but be mindful of the décor. For example, a pumpkin for Halloween has the potential to harm your deck if it starts to rot and create moisture. The residue from the pumpkin can stain the surface of the boards.
pumpkins wood deck with seating

 

For additional information on the care and maintenance of ProWood pressure treated lumber, click here.


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