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How to Preserve Your Morrisville Rental’s Deck and Patio

Morrisville Tenants Enjoying the Deck in the BackyardA nice patio or deck can be the thing that seals the deal for people looking for a single-family rental house in Morrisville. A rental home with an outdoor gathering space usually has a high demand. This is only true if the patio or deck is in perfect shape. Splintered wood, stained concrete, and dirty vinyl planks are potential hazards and are also deal breakers for tenants. Since this is the case, you must perform regular maintenance on your rental property’s deck or patio, as well as keep up the condition of any fixtures.

Usually, wooden decks require the most upkeep. Maintaining a wood deck need not be an expensive undertaking, you just need to clean them with standard deck cleaner each spring to take away dirt and debris. The next step is to have the deck sealed to protect it from the elements. Now you can rest assured that your wooden deck would look great and also more resistant to splintering, rot, and mold.

Even if you carefully maintain your deck, the years of use would require you to stain or repaint it to keep it in good shape. This process takes the longest, a given for wooden decks, but necessary to keep property values high. When you repaint your deck, the old paint must first be removed, and then the wooden planks should be sanded before finally repainting. It is a wise choice to use high-quality paint designed for outdoor use. When you stain a deck, you have to prep the wood first before you can apply the new coat of stain. Both stained and painted wood should be coated with a sealant for maximum weather resistance.

Property owners who find maintaining wood decks to be too much of a hassle have turned to vinyl planks. Vinyl decks are very easy to maintain but still need to be cleaned. Because vinyl is already extremely durable and weather-resistant, most vinyl planks will need a good scrub with warm water and mild soap to stay looking like new.

If your Morrisville property has a patio instead of a deck, you might assume that there is no maintenance required. But this is not accurate. Regular sweeping is not enough since concrete and stone patios can still become dirty and stained. Therefore it is a must 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. For stubborn stains, a degreaser is a perfect solution. But natural stone pavers must be cleaned carefully since you can easily damage the surface. It would be a wise decision to seal both concrete and stone since dirt and stains cannot settle in easily so cleaning it would be much less of a hassle.

Lastly, your deck or patio would need outdoor furniture. The outdoor décor furniture needs to be cleaned and maintained periodically too. Clean outdoor furniture using mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water and a soft-bristle brush. Items should be covered then stored indoors if not in use. Maintaining wooden furniture and wooden decks is similar. Clean, seal, or repaint every year. For fabric cushions or pillows, surface cleans them with a mild soap solution and it’s best to air-dry them to prevent mildew.

These simple maintenance tasks can make your rental property’s deck or patio the outdoor oasis all renters want.

If you want to know more about maintaining your property, a Morrisville property manager at Real Property Management Raleigh is always at your service. You can contact us online or call us at 919-481-0008 for more information.

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