When you think of being out on your deck, what comes to mind? Relaxing with a book in the shade? Sharing a meal with your family? You’d think decks are supposed to be relaxing, and they can be. But if the deck isn’t properly protected, you’ll find it can actually require a lot more maintenance than your interior. Generally speaking, decks need more maintenance than fences or sheds because they are more exposed to direct sunlight, water absorption, and wear from shoes and furniture. If you want to reduce the amount of stress your deck takes, it’s important to keep it safe.