Winter Deck Maintenance
With spring around the corner, you’re probably getting giddy about being able to spend time on your deck again, but there’s still plenty of time for a snowfall (or several!). Because of this, maintaining your deck should still be a top priority. The deck experts at Glick’s Exteriors are here with the best winter maintenance tips for your deck, so you can ensure it’s ready to use when that first sign of spring has sprung.
Stay on Top of Debris Removal
Even though the winter may be winding down, it’s important to remember that the weather is unpredictable. This means that if Mother Nature sends some snow your way before the warm weather arrives, be sure to remove the snow and/or ice ASAP. It’s also important to sweep other types of debris off of your deck, such as leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc. — this will help keep moisture build-up to a minimum. To make maintaining your deck easier next winter, you may want to consider upgrading to composite decking or Duralife decking materials.
Resist the Urge to Use Salt
Whether you know a snowstorm is on its way, or there is snow or ice covering your deck, most people will usually run for the rock salt. However, tossing salt onto your deck can discolor it and remove crucial wood deck waterproofing solutions, making it more susceptible to rotting. Instead, wait a few days for the temperature to warm up, then try removing it with a plastic shovel.
Keep Your Deck Plants Indoors A Little Longer
Similar to leaves, twigs and pine needles, potted plants attract moisture and can have a negative impact on your deck because it can cause mold, mildew and lead to rot the wood. If you’ve already taken the plants that were on your deck inside, keep them in until you know the winter weather is over for good; if you never took the plants off of your deck and moved them inside, then now is the time to do it.
Prevent Deck Wear and Tear With the Help of a Professional
Between the rain, snow, sleet, hail and ice of winter, your deck can get beaten up. Luckily, taking proactive maintenance steps can help keep your deck in beautiful condition for years to come! For instance, deck staining is a great way to keep your deck from becoming discolored. Additionally, bringing in a professional deck sander can help increase the longevity of your deck design. If you find that your deck is worse for wear after this winter, be sure to schedule a deck repair appointment immediately.
From deck staining to deck sanding to wood deck waterproofing solutions, the craftsmen at Glick’s Exteriors are here to help you win at winter maintenance! Contact us today to schedule your deck appointment.
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