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The Basics of Winter Deck Care

Pembrook Nelson
November 22, 2019

When it comes to protecting your outdoor deck and outdoor space, there are lots of different things to consider. From protecting furniture from the sun to ensuring your planter box waterproofing is done correctly, there are lots of things to consider. Another thing to keep in mind is protecting your deck from the different seasons. If you’re wondering how to keep a winter proof deck, read on! 

Inspect Your Deck Regularly

One of the best ways to help keep your deck in tip top shape is to look it over year round. Every few months simply inspect your deck by checking for any loose railings or footings. Catching these early can not only save you money in the long run, it can also help prevent anyone from getting injured. 

Sweep Away Leaves and Debris

In the winter months, it is often rainy. That means any leaves or debris that is left on the deck can become moldy. If the debris is not swept away often, it can lead to an increase in moisture on your deck, which is never a good thing. With added moisture comes the possibility of mold and mildew. Before the winter, you’ll want to make sure your deck is swept free of any leaves or debris.

Shovel Away Snow and Remove Ice

When shoveling away snow from your deck, never use a metal shovel as this can damage the wood. Additionally, be sure to shovel with the grain, never across the width of the boards, as this can also damage the wood. When it comes from ice, try not to dig under the ice as this can also damage the wood. Your first guess might be to add salt, but be careful, because the salt can often damage protective sealants. Use ice melt that is particularly safe for wood. 

Cover Your Deck if Necessary

If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain during the winter months, it might be a good idea to cover your deck. Getting the least amount of rain as possible, as well as keeping debris away from it, will keep your deck looking like new. 

Waterproof Your Deck

If you’re not going to cover deck during the winter, getting it waterproofed is the next best thing. All types of weather from water to snow to the sun can all damage a deck. The best way to protect it from the elements is to by adding a protective sealant over the wood, accomplished through waterproofing. Hire waterproofing professionals for best results.