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Deck Repair Tips

Your deck needs regular maintenance, from cleaning to repairing

Summer temperatures can have a huge effect on your home's exterior, especially your deck. Here at Carter Lumber, we'll show you how simple maintenance can extend the life of your deck. Now is the perfect time.

Deck repair tips and tricks for your decking project Materials you'll need

• deck cleaner
• garden hose
• hammer
• hose nozzle
• plastic sheet or tarp
• push broom
• rubber gloves
• screwdriver
• scrub brush
• socket wrench


Start by clearing the debris of your deck, which can collect between the floorboards. If not, water can get trapped in there, and rot your floorboards or joists. You can start with a push broom, and then use a screwdriver to clear the areas of the floorboards. Once cleared, check for any water damage, splintered areas and rotten boards. If there is, those boards will need to be replaced.

Cleaning your Deck

Always prepare before using chemicals to clean your deck. Cover adjacent bushes or plants that might get sprayed. It's always a good idea to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from any chemicals. Make sure you read the manufacturer's instructions for the cleaning solution.

Using the mist setting of your hose's nozzle, lightly dampen the deck. Now use a hard-bristle brush and the cleaning solution, and scrub away any grime. Once you have one layer down, rinse off the deck for a few minutes on the highest setting, making sure you cleared the deck of any cleaning chemicals. Some tougher spots might need treated more than once.

Once dry, apply your deck sealer. Please refer to the manufacturer's instructions on application and drying. In a few hours, you'll be proud of the simple, yet effective maintenance for cleaning and repairing your deck.

Deck Maintenance

  • Always start by hammering in any protruding nails. This can be a common and painful mistake.
  • Periodically check the rails and make sure they're secure to the deck.
  • Also check the bolts that attach the deck to the house, and tighten if needed.