Deck Repair Tips from Holmes Lumber

Your deck needs regular maintenance!

Summer temperatures can have a significant effect on your home's exterior, especially your deck. At Holmes Lumber, we'll show you how simple maintenance can extend your deck's life. Now is a perfect time to learn more.

Materials You'll Need

  • deck cleaner
  • garden hose
  • hammer
  • hose nozzle
  • plastic sheet or tarp
  • push broom
  • rubber gloves
  • screwdriver
  • scrub brush
  • socket wrench


Start by removing the debris off your deck, which can collect between the floorboards as well as the top. If you don’t clear the debris, water can get trapped in there and rot your floorboards or joists. Start with a push broom and then use a screwdriver to clear the floorboard areas. Once cleared, check for any water damage, splintered areas, and rotten boards. If there is, those boards will need to be replaced.

Cleaning Your Deck

Always prepare yourself before using chemicals to clean your deck. Cover adjacent bushes or plants that might get sprayed. It's always a good idea to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin from any chemicals. Make sure you read the manufacturer's instructions for the cleaning solution.

Use the mist setting of your hose's nozzle to lightly wet the deck. Now use a hard-bristle brush and the cleaning solution and scrub any grime. Once you have one layer clean, rinse off the deck for a few minutes on the highest setting to ensure you cleared the deck of any cleaning chemicals. More challenging spots may need to be treated more than once.

Once dry, apply deck sealer. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions on application and drying. You'll be proud of the simple yet effective maintenance for cleaning and repairing your deck in a few hours.

Deck Maintenance

  • Always start by hammering down in any protruding nails. This can be a common and painful mistake.
  • Periodically inspect the rails and make sure they're secure to the deck.
  • Also check the bolts that attach the deck to the house and tighten if needed.