Now that winter is here, plenty of homeowners are looking for methods to protect their homes against the harsh effects of the season. Some move to improve insulation in their attics while some apply caulking and weatherstripping to their windows and doors to prevent drafts and air leaks. Unfortunately, some homeowners are so focused on preserving their indoors that some forget to preserve what’s outside their properties as well, especially decks, which need to be winterized to prevent damage from the cold.
Here’s how you can protect your deck during the winter season:
Step #1: Have the Deck Inspected
When you’re trying to protect your deck from the negative effects of the winter season, one of the things that you should do is have it inspected by a professional. Have the expert check the deck for any loose screws, damaged boards or loose handrails and make the necessary repairs and adjustments if necessary. That way, no one on the deck will sustain any accidental injuries while using it.
Step #2: Clean the Deck
After you’ve had the deck inspected and repaired, have it cleaned as soon as you can. Sweep any and all debris that has accumulated, and then wash the deck with a bleach-free cleaner or a mixture of mild soap and water and a brush for scrubbing. Once you’ve done that, consider rinsing the deck with a power wash to remove the soap as well as the heavy stains that may have set in.
Step #3: Trim Tree Branches
Leaves and branches from the trees in your landscape are one of the most common culprits of a dirty or damaged deck during the winter season. This is because these kinds of debris can retain moisture, which in turn can cause further issues for your deck. With that in mind, deck building pros highly recommend that, when caring for your deck during the winter, consider having your branches trimmed to prevent them from making a mess of your deck during the winter season.
Step #4: Apply Protection
Once your deck is dried out, it’s time to add protection. To accomplish this, simply apply a water repellent finish to the deck to protect it against the water damage that is often seen during the winter season. Alternatively, you may also stain it to avoid further issues.
Step #5: Store Furniture
Finally, if you have any outdoor furniture on your deck, consider storing your furniture in your garage or basement. That way, you can prevent them from causing any problems for the deck or sustaining damage from the winter weather.
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