Your deck should be the central focus of your outdoor entertaining space. It provides the halfway space between your indoor area and your garden, providing a place to sit and watch the activity in the yard while being close enough to the kitchen to get snacks and drinks at your leisure. As the jewel in your outdoor crown, therefore, your deck should be at the top of your spring maintenance list to keep it in prime condition all summer long.
Typical deck maintenance
If you don’t have a patio cover for your deck, your annual maintenance checklist becomes extensive. Some of the additional projects that you’ll need to worry about without a patio cover include:
- Cleaning between the boards – living in what feels like the windiest city in the world, you’ll know that the Calgary winds bring dirt and debris with them all year long. As you start to prepare your uncovered deck for the season, you’ll have to spend extra time power washing the deck and getting down in between each board to make sure that any accumulated dirt is removed. This will help to prevent unwanted growths and the risk of rot due to persistent dampness.
- Re-staining faded boards – over time, the strong Calgary sun will cause the original stain on your boards to fade if you don’t have a patio cover to provide year round shade. This will mean that you’ll have to cordon off your deck each spring as you touch up the stain. You’ll also be reliant on the same colour stain being available year on year and this is by no means guaranteed as stain companies always upgrade and change their colour palette.
- Replacing storm damaged boards – the long winters in Calgary never seem to end, and the damage they bring can continue long after the final snow has melted from your deck. If it’s not covered by a patio cover, you’ll find that water gets between the boards and then freezes and expands. This will cause damage to the boards over time, which will mean that you’ll have spend time each spring testing each board to make sure it’s secure, and going through the tricky business of unscrewing and replacing it with an exact replica.
It seems obvious by now that you can save yourself a lot of time and money each spring by investing in a patio cover for your deck. Not only will you get protection from the sun and wind during the summer, but it will provide an automatic defence against storm, sun and dirt damage during the months that you can’t get out there. The best thing about patio covers is that once they are in place, they require little maintenance, or zero if you choose ones made from aluminum or vinyl. They’re a cheap way to protect your deck and Desert Sun Patios can get your patio cover installed before summer arrives if you call today.