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How to Preserve Your Sandy Rental’s Deck and Patio

Sandy Tenants Enjoying the Deck in the BackyardA good patio or deck can be a great attraction for people looking for a single-family rental house in Sandy. A rental home with an outdoor gathering area is typically one that is in huge demand. However, this is will only apply if the patio or deck is in good condition. Splintered wood, stained concrete, and dirty vinyl planks are likely to not only make the tenants turn away but become potential hazards also. As a result, it’s crucial to conduct regular maintenance on your rental property’s deck or patio, and also preserve the condition of any fixtures.

As for maintenance, wooden decks commonly are the first thing on the list of those demanding the most upkeep. Maintaining a wood deck doesn’t have to be an expensive nuisance, but, you do have to clean them with a standard deck cleaner each spring to clear away any dirt and debris that has compiled. After being cleaned, the deck should then be sealed to protect it from the elements. This will assure that your wooden deck looks superb and is more resistant to splintering, rot, and mold.

After several years of service, however, even a carefully maintained deck will need to be stained or repainted to continue being in a decent state. This is most likely one of 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 stripped off, and the wood planks sanded before being repainted. It is an excellent idea to decide on high-quality paint designed for outdoor use. Staining a deck is a bit more undemanding, 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 optimum weather resistance.

The amount of work that wood decks require has led to more property owners choosing vinyl planks instead. Vinyl decks also need to be cleaned, however, are commonly somewhat easy to deal with. Since vinyl is already extremely durable and weather-resistant, many vinyl planks might just require a good scrub with warm water and mild soap to keep looking like new.

If your Sandy property has a patio instead of a deck, you might be presuming that there is no maintenance required. But that isn’t true. Conceding that regular sweeping can help keep surface dirt at bay, concrete and stone patios can still become dirty and stained. This makes it relevant 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 patches. But natural stone pavers should be cleaned carefully to avoid damaging the surface. Both concrete and stone can also be sealed to support in keeping the worst of the slime and stains away and effectively make cleaning a much easier process.

On a final note, no deck or patio is complete without outdoor furniture. If your property includes outdoor décor or furniture, these items will, indeed, call for regular cleaning and maintenance, too. Most outdoor furniture can be cleaned with mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water and a soft-bristle brush. At any moment items are not in use, they should be covered and stored indoors if you can. 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 after, fully air-dried to prevent mildew.

By carrying out, conscientiously, these simple maintenance tasks, you can maintain your rental property’s deck or patio looking like the outdoor oasis renters want.

Need some additional suggestions on upkeeping your property? A Sandy property manager at Real Property Management Wasatch would be readily available and delighted to talk to you! You can contact us online or call us at 801-889-1517 for more information.

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