Do’s and Don’ts of Patio Maintenance
The outdoor elements of winter can cause a lot of strain on patios. And while you may already be thinking of ways to get your patio back into shape, there are a few things you should watch out for. Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts of patio maintenance to keep in mind before you bring your work:
DO seal your wooden deck every few years. Choose a one-step product that combines but stain and sealer to save you some time.
DO be careful with power washing. Too much pressure tends to damage wood and stone surfaces.
DO sweep away debris on a regular schedule. Dirt that gets trapped can lead to mold, rot, and stains. Some preventative sweeping is much better.
DO re-arrange the furniture at least once a year. People that live in more mildew-prone areas of the country should especially be careful since water can become trapped over time.
DON’T sand your wooden deck before sealing. It’s only a good idea to do so if the surface of your deck has become too rough.
DON’T paint your deck (if you can help it). The painting will only create more maintenance later, and moisture can tend to get trapped underneath the paint as well.
DON’T feel obligated to seal your patio.Since you have to re-seal about every two years, it’s not really worth it to seal the deck. If you want that “wet” look, it would be better to seal the hardscape.
DON’T go overboard with the washing. Normal wear and tear on a patio is normal and should be cleaned, but if you clean before that build up occurs, you risk damaging your deck even further.