Whether you’ve had a wood deck for years or just recently had one installed, protecting it for the winter is essential, as care and maintenance can go a long way in extending the lifespan of the deck. Here’s what you need to know about how to protect your deck this winter.
Clean Your Deck Surfaces
An important first step in preparing and protecting your deck this winter is to clean all of the surfaces. First, sweep away any leaves and debris that have accumulated over the fall. Then, you’ll want to clean the deck to remove any mold or mildew growth. You can choose from regular household cleaning chemicals or choose a product specifically designed to address mildew issues and spray it on the surface of your deck. Then, you’ll want to scrub the deck and rinse the solution away.
Seal and Waterproof Your Deck
To keep your deck looking and performing at its best for years to come, it’s best to seal your deck every few years to keep the surfaces waterproofed. This is the ideal time to re-seal your deck, ensuring it’s ready for any ice and snow that come this winter. When snow does accumulate on the deck, it’s best to remove it. Heavy snow can add unnecessary weight to your deck structure, and as it melts, it can expose your deck to a lot of moisture for an extended period of time. You may consider putting a tarp over your deck if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain or snow in the winter.
Learn More About Deck Care & Maintenance
If you have more questions about how to care for and maintain your deck, turn to the professionals at Builders Fence Company. We provide a variety of decking services and can help ensure your deck is ready for the coming winter.