Picture it now — you’re sitting on your new deck with friends, watching the sun slowly set after enjoying a tasty meal, hot off the grill. But, before you fire up that grill, you need to prepare your deck. Summer is right around the corner, so now is the time to get your deck ready for these perfect nights. This week in the Exteriors Plus blog, we will discuss ways to ensure that you are ready to show off your deck and have the ideal outdoor barbecue space.

  1. Give Your Deck a Thorough Cleaning

One of the simplest ways to improve the look of your deck is to give it a nice deep clean. Before you put your patio furniture out for the season, sweep off excess dirt and grime. Then, you can take a hose to remove the remaining filth. We recommend avoiding the use of a power washer, as that may damage your deck2. Check for Loose Boards

After you finish cleaning your deck, be sure to look out for loose or warped boards. Not only are they an eyesore, but they could pose a tripping hazard for you or your guests. Be sure to tighten any screws or loose hardware.

If your deck is seriously damaged or warped and cannot be repaired using simple tools, contact Exteriors Plus. We can restore your deck to its original condition and provide deck expansions, if necessary. Reach out to our team today to learn more.

2. Give Your Yard a Nice Trim

A deck isn’t the only component that goes into having the best backyard. In order to perfect the scene and wow your guests, you should also trim your yard and surrounding shrubs or bushes. Mowing the lawn can make a huge difference when it comes to freshening up your backyard. Additionally, you should be on the lookout for any loose twigs, sticks, leaves, or other types of debris.

3. Get the Eating Area Clean and Ready

It’s amazing how a clean eating area can really showcase your deck and backyard. Be sure to clean off any tables, chairs, or other furniture you’ll be using. You can also add a festive tablecloth to add some extra pizazz.

4. Add Some New Furniture, Decorations, or BBQ Equipment

Now that the tough parts are over, you can have some fun decorating and arranging your patio or deck. Find some budget furniture, or if you already have furniture, consider purchasing some new cushions instead. Consider adding some string lights or table lanterns for an extra bit of ambiance.

The beginning of BBQ season is always exciting, but it takes lots of work to get your patio ready to show off. With these tips, you can create the perfect backyard space that you are proud to show off.

Exteriors Plus offers a variety of deck services, including design, construction, repair, and maintenance. Whether you want to design a completely new deck or you just need a hand with maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Contact our team to get started in time for summer.