Sierra Structures—Summer Maintenance Projects 

Posted July 15, 2022 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

Tags: Decks, Fences, Screened Porches, fencing, maintenance

In the Triangle, summer is a great time to be outdoors. Unfortunately, being outside doesn’t just mean fun and games all time. That’s because it’s also a good time to tackle some key projects around the house. At Sierra Structures, we know of the best maintenance projects to accomplish this time of year. 

Best 5 Summer Maintenace Projects: 

Clean and remove vegetation around your fence: When fall and winter get here, vegetation like grass, weeds, and tree branches can cause damage to your wooden fence. That’s why summertime—when they are growing the most—is the best time to remove them away from your fence. These items all hold moisture as it gets colder, which can cause mold, mildew, and warped boards. Take care of them now to project your fence later. 

Tighten or replace screws, bolts, and nails: As things get hot, they tend to expand. This can cause some fasteners to get loose or fall out. Inspect your deck, patio, fence, etc., and be sure to tighten or replace any fastener that needs it. 

Treat for insects: This is the time of year when insects are thriving. Be sure to treat all areas to prevent further infestations that can damage areas of your home. 

Pressure wash: Odds are during the winter and spring, some mildew built up around the house—and not just the structure itself, but your sidewalks and driveway. This is the best time of the year to pressure wash them. 

Clean your gutters: You really want to do this before fall hits and leaves start falling on the roof. They tend to pile up in unprotected gutters. 

If you’ll notice, we didn’t mention anything about staining your deck. That’s because summer is not the optimal time to do that. The fall or spring (preferably fall) is the best time. Doing it in the summer (with the heat and bright sunlight) will cause the stain to dry too quickly, and you won’t get the optimal result. 

For more tips or ideas (and to get a quote on your next project), contact us at Sierra Structures.  

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