Purchasing a home is one of the largest investments we will make. Protecting and preserving it is important in these mountains. Due to our high altitude, the weather and sun exposure can be a bit harsh.
Decks are the perfect venue to relax and enjoy Big Bear’s mountain environment. The North American Deck and Railing Association estimates that there are about 40 million decks in the United States that are 20 years old or more. Maintenance for older decks is extremely important.
Here are several tips to protect yourself from Big Bear’s climate fluctuations.
1. Food Spills and Foot Traffic – Clean your deck completely, with a bleach-free cleaner (bleach can degrade natural wood). Make sure you clean the gaps between the wood. Free them of trapped debris and make sure water can drain. If necessary, strip and re-apply a water repellant sealer.
2. Snow Removal – We can get four feet of snow in these mountains. If you need to shovel your deck, we recommend using a plastic shovel and shoveling lengthwise along the wood. Refrain from applying salt or ice melters. They may discolor your deck.
3. Check for Loose Screws – Check your deck for screws or bolts that have loosened over time. Tighten down any that have popped up.
4. Inspection – Check the underside of the deck. Insects can nest around the supports, and you’ll want to check for wood rot.
Decks are a popular house addition. From barbecuing and entertaining, to sitting and watching the stars, the deck is perfect. A little maintenance will go a long way. If your deck needs repairs, be sure to get a licensed Big Bear contractor.