Importance of Deck and Fence Maintenance
Imagine yourself on a warm summer's day, enjoying the serenity of your backyard deck or the privacy provided by your well-maintained fence. These outdoor spaces are an extension of your home and a place of solace and joy for your family. However, to keep them as a beautiful sanctuary, regular fence and deck maintenance are paramount. In this blog post, we'll explore why proper care and annual repairs for your fence and deck are not only essential but also a wise investment in preserving your property's value and your family's happiness.
Curb Appeal and Property Value
Your fence and deck are prominent features of your property's curb appeal. A well-maintained fence welcomes visitors and provides an aesthetically pleasing boundary to your home. Meanwhile, a pristine deck offers a perfect outdoor oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Neglecting maintenance can lead to rotting wood, unsightly stains, and even structural damage, significantly decreasing your property's overall value. Regular care, on the other hand, ensures your fence and deck remain a visual delight and enhances the value of your home.
Safety is a top priority when it comes to any aspect of homeownership. Your deck is subjected to the elements year-round, and your fence acts as a protective barrier for your property. Regular fence and deck maintenance ensure that potential hazards, such as loose railings, weakened wood, or rusty nails, are promptly addressed. By doing so, you provide a secure environment for your family and visitors, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.
Protecting Against the Elements
Mother Nature can be relentless, especially on outdoor structures like fences and decks. Rain, snow, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations can take a toll on wood, leading to warping, fading, and decay. Annual maintenance, including sealing and staining, creates a protective barrier against these elements, extending the lifespan of your fence and deck and saving you from costly repairs or replacements.
Preventing Expensive Repairs
Fence and deck replacement can be a significant expense. However, with regular maintenance, you can prevent minor issues from escalating into major problems that require costly repairs. Investing in an annual inspection and maintenance plan with a reputable contractor can help catch and resolve any issues early on, saving you time, money, and stress in the long run.
Long-Term Savings and Peace of Mind
Properly cared-for fences and decks have a longer lifespan, meaning you won't have to replace them as frequently. Additionally, a well-maintained outdoor space requires less frequent repairs and fixes. With regular maintenance, you gain peace of mind knowing that your fence and deck are in excellent condition, providing your family with a safe and enjoyable environment year after year.
Your fence and deck are not just wooden structures; they are valuable assets that add to the beauty, comfort, and functionality of your home. Regular fence and deck maintenance not only enhance your property's curb appeal and value but also provide safety, protection against the elements, and long-term savings. Neglecting these outdoor spaces can lead to costly repairs and a diminished outdoor experience for your family.
At Como Maintenance Services, we understand the significance of fence and deck maintenance. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to preserving your outdoor paradise through meticulous care and timely repairs. Let us help you create a haven that your family will enjoy for years to come. Invest in the longevity and happiness of your home by prioritizing fence and deck maintenance today!
Frequently Asked Questions on Fence and Deck Maintenance
How often should I clean my deck and fence?
Deck and fence is a big investment and therefor it should be cleaned and cared for as much as possible. Fences in general will not need as many cleaning sessions as a decks will. Horizontal surfaces collect dirt, moss, algea and debris quicker than vertical surfaces. A wooden deck should be cleaned at least throughout twice every year, one time during spring clean-up and one time just before the season ends. If you have many birds or trees releasing dirt and debris onto your deck, cleaning it every week would be a good practice in order of having a long lasting deck. Fences should be cleaned once every year or every second year, depending the amount of dirt collected and positions your fence is in.
How long should my fence and deck last?
A well maintained deck and fence should last you for decades. Quality installation is very important as the foundation can shift if the craftsmanship is not performed well. By following good maintenance practices your wooden structures will last you long time.
Should I stain my deck and fence?
Canadian cold winters and harsh summers are not forgiving. Such environment can be very tough on wooden structures and therefor staining your deck and fence could be very challenging and very costly if not done properly. We recommend to seal deck and fences before choosing to stain them.
Why is sealant better than staining?
Clear sealant is not always better than stain, but when it comes to newer decks, a clear sealant is all perhaps you need. Clear sealant will be washed away over time instead of peeling and fading like many stain choices.
How long does the stain last?
Horizontal surfaces such as deck will last between 1-3 years and vertical surfaces (fence) will last 2-5 years depending on the amount of exposure to the elements, exposure to dirt and debris.
When should I consider renovating my deck and fence?
While many damages to wooden structures such as loose posts, railings or big cracks and broken planks are very easy to spot, some damages can only be seen to the trained eye. Wooden posts can shift over time, making a deck and fence unsafe to have on the property. Deck foundation can rot and it can be very challenging to spot. If your deck is 5 years and older, it would be a great practice to let your local deck and fence contractor inspect it for any damages visible and invisible to the naked eye.
How expansive is deck repair?
There is no general answer as how much a deck repair service will cost. Rather, a visit by your local deck and fence repair contractor is needed to determine the extent of damages. The cost will also depend on current material prices. As you already know, inflation in Canada does not help in reducing deck and fence repair costs. A deck repair service could be as little as $300 and could go well beyond $5 000.
My fence is shifting what should I do?
If your fence is shifting, most likely the posts became loose doe to wrongful installation, soil movement or damage of some sort to the posts. A inspection needs to be done in order to determine the extant of the damages. Contact you local fence repair contractor as soon as possible for damage inspection and a repair cost estimate.
How difficult is it to repair a post?
If a fence post is damaged and it needs a replacement, at least two fence portions (often 8 feet each) would have to be removed in order to replace a post. Depending on location and if existing concrete can be dug out, fresh concrete must be poured in existing hole or a new hole must be dug in order to place the new post. This should be done by a trained professional as digging a new hole could be very difficult and underground cables or pipes could be damaged in the process.