Your outdoor deck is a valuable extension of your home’s available living space. Because your deck must hold up under everything from rain to snow to intense sunlight, it is essential to give it the attention it needs during your home maintenance in March.

Start by cleaning your deck of any dirt it has collected. An efficient means of doing this is to use a pressure washer; however, you may also be able to get by with a regular hose and scrubbing brush. Once your deck’s surface is clean, choose a color of stain you like and apply it so that the material remains protected throughout the year. Remember to keep an eye out for any structural issues in case you need to replace screw, nails or even entire boards or railings.