Preserving your deck is an absolute must! If you are going to spend the money on getting a deck then you may as well preserve it so that it lasts. Here are 4 tips on how you can best preserve your deck:
1. Coat your deck - this means you could oil the deck or stain the deck. If you are staining then it will change the colour of the deck. If you are already happy with the colour of the wood then the best way to coat it would be with a clear oil. You can buy a 3 year oil (check with your local hardware store) to coat your deck. This also means you don't have to spend as much time preserving the deck.
2. Keep your deck clean - You can use a high pressure wash to clean all the dirt off your deck.
3. Re-coat your deck every 1-3 years depending on the type of coating you purchased.
4. Cover your deck with a pergola. This helps to minimise the elements and its effects on the deck.