Year-Round Care for Your Patios and Decks

When the weather’s nice, your outdoor spaces are fun and enjoyable. To keep your decks, patios and sidewalks in the best shape, however, you should do a little maintenance each season.


When the weather starts to warm up, you spend more time in your outdoor living spaces. It’s also the perfect time to prepare for the seasons ahead. Sweep off any debris that has collected, such as leaves and sticks. Use a leaf blower to make the job easier.

Once your decks and patios Tustin MI are free of dirt, you may need to have them cleaned. Wood decks and patios may especially need pressure washed to remove mold and heavy soil. Once your surfaces are clean, you can have them sealed to protect them from the elements.


Inspect deck and patio areas near downspouts, where they are most likely to be exposed to heavy amounts of water. Check posts and sites within 6 inches of the ground. If you can push a screwdriver into a wood surface more than 1/4 inch, it is probably rotted and needs replacing.

Inspect joist hangers and other deck hardware for signs of wear and rust. Replace worn parts as needed. Also, check for loose grout on stone walls and patios and repair it.


Autumn is the time to wash your decks and patios if you didn’t do it in the spring. It’s also the time to trim back summer growth from trees and bushes. Keep them at least 12 inches away from patio areas to prevent mold and excess moisture.


If you won’t be on your deck or patio in the winter, it’s time to pack up or cover outdoor furniture. Store pillows and cushions inside. Clear away any debris that has collected in the corners and crevices.

A little work and prevention go a long way to extending the lifespan of your decks and patios. You can keep them in good shape for many seasons of enjoyment.