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Winter Deck Maintenance Tips

Mar 25

The first snowfall of the season is always magical. Your deck will not be 'winterized' if it isn't done properly. This can lead to costly repairs and damage.

These four deck maintenance tips will help you prepare for spring.

Remove all debris from your deck

Your deck should be at the top of your priorities. You should make it a priority to clean your deck.

A great tip to remove debris is to be aware that outdoor furniture and potted plants can trap moisture. Large planter pots, for example, can leak water from the bottom and onto your deck.

You might consider elevating pots made from water-resistant wood like cedar or moving them around often. As the snow melts, it will cause more moisture to build up in winter, making it more humid.

Scrub Away Deck Stains

Next, scrub the surface with an oxygen-based bleach. The final step is to power wash the surface. It will give your surface a new look and eliminate any mildew or stains. Online or in-store, you can buy a cleaning product.

A popular DIY idea is to mix the following ingredients:

* 1 quart oxygen bleach

* 3 quarts water

* 1/4 cup ammonia-free liquid dishwashing soap

After the liquids have been mixed, spray the liquids onto your deck. Let the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes before power washing.

Sealing and staining your deck

Deck sealing and staining are essential for winter deck protection. Deck sealing and staining are essential for winter deck protection.

Snow Removal

Wood can be warped by snow accumulation, common belief. Splitting is the solution. All Pro Contracting can support this weight with a sturdy deck. If you are trying to clear snow, a metal shovel can cause injury. If the snowfall isn't heavy or you need to clear a path, you can sweep with a brush. If the snow is too heavy, you might need to use a shovel. These are just two suggestions to get you started.

* Use a plastic shovel. A plastic shovel is more gentle on wood than a metal one.

  • Instead of using perpendicular shovels, use parallel ones. This will stop the shovel from catching planks or gouging the edges.

To find out more, visit All Pro Contracting.