Protect Your Deck this Winter
As the winter starts to set in, homeowners slowly retract into their homes to shelter from the cold. Commonly, this means a lot less time on your deck. What it should not mean is ignoring the care needs of your deck for the winter, as well as all of next year. The maintenance you do this fall and winter will reap major benefits come deck season.
Take the time to care for your deck this winter to make sure it’s beautiful and ready for anything you throw at it. Follow these steps to protect your deck through the winter months:
- Clear any debris. This includes leaves and other organic materials. Make sure this debris is are gone before the first snowfall of the winter, so it does not get trapped below the snow. This could potentially cause staining or rotting of your decking, as well as more hassle for you if you go to clear your deck off.
- Wash the entire deck. Take some time to deck your deck a quick washing. Also, make sure you remove any mildew which may be present. To test for mildew, put a drop of bleach on a patch of wood and if it quickly clears up then it is likely mildew. For best cleaning results, purchase a deck cleaning solution specially created for cleaning off mildew.
- Remove moisture traps. Any planters or pots which usually trap moisture between themselves and the deck are bad news. This can be very damaging to the deck underneath as trapped moisture leads to quicker deterioration of your deck sealant; which leads to rotting and mold.
- Avoid excessive shoveling. Oftentimes, shoveling snow off your desk causes a large amount of damage to the deck itself. Your deck is most likely able to bear the weight of snowfall as tell as the railings. This means you are able to shovel less often. If you have to shovel, than do so in the same direction of the boards. This will help prevent your shovel from catching the edge of the boards and causing more damage to them! Also, try and brush off freshly fallen snow before it melts into heavier snow with a broom.
- Consider applying a protective finish. Products such as water-repellents can further protect your deck from the elements. There is a wide variety of finishes to choose from based on your need and the color of your deck.
Remember, proper deck maintenance adds years to the life of your deck and keeps it looking beautiful. For more information on deck maintenance, or if your deck is simply beyond repair, get in touch with the Eldersburg, MD decking supply store at Outdoor Specialties, today!