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**Ensuring the Longevity of Your Older Marine Deck Structures: Essential Maintenance Tips**

Ahoy, fellow seafarers and waterfront property owners! I’m Rick Powell, the seasoned bulkhead licensed contractor behind Barefoot Marine, your go-to expert for all things marine deck structures in the beautiful counties of Duval, Clay, and beyond in sunny Florida.

Owning a waterfront property with an older marine deck structure can be a true joy, providing a front-row seat to breathtaking sunsets and the calming sounds of the water. However, like any other part of your property, these structures require regular maintenance to ensure their longevity and structural integrity.

As the years go by, older marine deck structures can be prone to wear and tear caused by constant exposure to the elements, marine life, and the harsh Florida weather. To help you keep your marine deck in shipshape condition, here are some essential maintenance tips from Barefoot Marine:

1. **Inspect Regularly:** Make it a habit to inspect your marine deck structure regularly for any signs of damage, such as cracks, rot, or loose boards. Look out for rust on metal components and check the integrity of the support posts and beams. If you see anything that don’t look right? Don’t wait and call a professional. The longer you wait the possibility of increased damages may happen.

2. **Clean Thoroughly:** Keep your marine deck clean by regularly sweeping away debris, leaves, and other materials that can trap moisture and accelerate decay. Use a mild detergent and water to clean the surface and remove any stains or algae growth.

3. **Seal and Stain:** Consider applying a fresh coat of sealant or stain to protect the wood from moisture, UV rays, and saltwater exposure. This will help prolong the life of your marine deck and maintain its appearance.

4. **Repair Promptly:** If you notice any issues during your inspections, such as loose boards, protruding nails, or signs of rot, address them promptly. Ignoring small problems can lead to more extensive damage and costly repairs down the line.

5. **Bolster Structural Support:** As marine deck structures age, the structural integrity may weaken. Consider reinforcing support posts, beams, and connections to ensure that your deck can withstand the elements and daily use.

6. **Professional Inspection:** For a thorough assessment of your marine deck structure, consider hiring a licensed contractor like Barefoot Marine to conduct a professional inspection. We have the expertise and experience to identify potential issues and recommend the necessary repairs or upgrades.

By following these essential maintenance tips and investing in the care of your older marine deck structure, you can enjoy many more years of waterfront bliss without worry. Remember, a well-maintained deck not only enhances the beauty of your property but also ensures the safety of your family and guests.

If you need more advices on what to do or use consider calling us and we’re here to help.

At Barefoot Marine, we take pride in helping our clients preserve their marine structures and enjoy the best that waterfront living has to offer. If you’re in need of maintenance, repairs, or a professional inspection for your marine deck, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to keep your deck sailing smoothly for years to come!

Fair winds and following seas,

Barefoot Marine