It’s hard not to look forward to the bright colors and warm temperatures of spring when you’re in the middle of winter. Spring allows you to pull out your patio set, hold a barbecue with friends and relax with a cool drink. There may not be much of a deck to enjoy, however, if you don’t perform the necessary maintenance tasks during the winter. Read on as the Deck Store, the top local deck installer, shares helpful tips to get you started:
Clean the Surface Regularly
Dirt, stains and rust can accumulate on your deck throughout the year. These can turn into more serious problems in winter, so be sure you give your deck a good, regular cleaning. Leaf blowers are effective tools for removing dead leaves and sticks. It’s important to get rid of all debris between the boards too, as these can lead to drainage issues.
Check for Damage
The snow and freezing conditions may make it difficult to perform regular deck inspections, but we recommend periodically checking your outdoor living space for any weather-related damage. Make sure you remove pooling water on the surface of your deck before it freezes. Ice and puddles can degrade the wood and cause rot, and they are also a slip hazard.
We also recommend storing metal planters and furniture indoors, as rust can transfer to your deck and leave a mark. You’ll need to sand and refinish the surface to completely remove the stain. Alternatively, you can turn to an expert remodeler like The Deck Store for a more thorough inspection.
Inspect for Structural Problems
Existing problems like mold, mildew and rot are all aggravated by the cold winter months, making your deck potentially unsafe. To avoid any dangers, carefully inspect your deck on all sides. Popped up nails, splinters and unsecure railings and banisters all need immediate repairs, so be sure you call for a professional as soon as possible.
Keep your deck in excellent condition this winter with The Deck Store. We can also offer you custom decks and patios. Call us at (701) 223-1008 to get a free estimate today. We serve Bismarck, ND, and the surrounding areas.