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How to Preserve Your Cary Rental’s Deck and Patio

Cary Tenants Enjoying the Deck in the BackyardA great patio or deck can be a major attraction for people looking for a single-family rental house in Cary. A rental home with an outdoor gathering area is frequently a property in great demand. Though this is the case only if the patio or deck is in good condition. Splintered wood, stained concrete, and dirty vinyl planks are likely to not just push tenants away but also turn into potential hazards too. Accordingly, it’s essential to accomplish regular maintenance on your rental property’s deck or patio, along with maintaining the condition of any fixtures.

In regards to maintenance, wooden decks are first on the list of those requiring the most upkeep. Maintaining a wood deck doesn’t have to be a really expensive task, however, you do want to clean them with a standard deck cleaner each spring to clear away any dirt and debris that has gathered. After being cleaned, the deck should then be sealed to protect it from the elements. This will make certain that your wooden deck appears excellent and is more resistant to splintering, rot, and mold.

After a few years of usage, however, even a carefully maintained deck will need to be stained or repainted to keep it in good condition. This is possibly classified among the most time-consuming parts of having a wooden deck, but necessary to keep your property values high. If your deck is painted, the old paint must be taken off, and the wood planks sanded before being repainted. It is a great idea to pick high-quality paint designed for outdoor use. Staining a deck is a bit easier, but the wood still needs to be prepped for the new coat of stain. Both stained and painted wood should be coated with a sealant for best weather resistance.

The extent of care that wood decks require has led to more property owners choosing vinyl planks in its place. Vinyl decks also need to be cleaned though they are frequently a little simpler to handle. Since vinyl is already extremely durable and weather-resistant, several vinyl planks will perhaps require a good scrub with warm water and mild soap to keep looking like new.

If your Cary property has a patio instead of a deck, you may be anticipating there is no maintenance required. But that isn’t true. Although regular sweeping can help retain surface dirt at bay, concrete and stone patios can still become dirty and stained. This makes it critical to thoroughly clean the patio at least once or twice a year. Concrete can be hosed off, and pressure washed or scrubbed with a bristle brush. A degreaser can be used for stubborn stains or blemishes. But natural stone pavers should be cleaned carefully to avoid damaging the surface. Both concrete and stone can also be sealed to aid keep the worst of the filth and stains away and make cleaning a much easier process.

In the end, no deck or patio is complete without outdoor furniture. If your property includes outdoor décor or furniture, these items will require regular cleaning and maintenance, too. Most outdoor furniture can be cleaned with mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water and a soft-bristle brush. Whenever items are not in use, they must be covered and stored indoors, as much as possible. Wooden furniture, just like wooden decks, should be cleaned and either sealed or repainted each year. Fabric cushions or pillows should be surface cleaned with a mild soap solution and then fully air-dried to prevent mildew.

By complying with some simple maintenance tasks, you can preserve your rental property’s deck or patio looking like the outdoor oasis renters want.

Need a few extra recommendations on upkeeping your property? A Cary property manager at Real Property Management Excellence would be thrilled to talk to you! You can contact us online or call us at 919-827-1107 for more information.

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