Winterize Your Deck in 3 Easy Steps
Once the summer barbeques are over, it’s easy to overlook your backyard, including your deck. We all take steps to winterize our homes to keep us warm and cozy all winter, but have you ever wondered how to winterize your deck?
The changing seasons and harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your deck. Protect it by taking these easy steps to winterize your deck and shield it from ice and snow. Taking time to keep your deck clean and dry will prevent mildew and rot while keeping it looking like new for years to come.
3 Steps to Winterize Your Deck
Clear away debris
Cooler weather means falling leaves, sticks, and even branches during those windy winter nights. As debris accumulates on your deck, it can trap moisture and promote the growth of mildew. Dead leaves can also stain your deck’s surface, forcing you to strip and restain in the spring. Take the time to clear away any debris and clutter from your deck that might trap moisture.
Deep clean your deck
Ground in dirt and grime can discolor the wood of your deck and damage the sealant, leading to rot and discoloration. Use a non-bleach cleaner at the end of the season to thoroughly clean your deck. If possible, use a pressure washer.
Apply a protective finish
Excess moisture and exposure to extreme temperatures during the winter are all ingredients for disaster for your deck. Protect the wood by using a water-repellant finish after you’ve cleaned your deck. If your deck’s finish or paint is looking worn out, consider taking time in the fall to strip and reseal the surface before the long, wet winter.
Additional Deck Winterization Tips:
Moisture is the enemy of any deck. Pay attention to flower pots and other furnishings which can trap moisture and harbor mold and mildew. Consider elevating flowerpots to allow for better airflow underneath.
If you need to clear snow from your deck, start with a broom to remove fresh powdery snow from the wood. If you need to use a shovel, opt for a plastic shovel over a metal one to avoid scraping the surface of your deck too harshly and damaging the sealant or wood.
Avoid using salt and de-icing chemicals, as these could discolor the wood and even damage or strip away the protective seal on your deck.
If your deck has seen better days, now is a great time to rebuild! Contact RJ Turner Remodeling to get a quote, and we can have your new outdoor deck built in time to enjoy it when the weather gets warm!