Deck Maintenance During The winter Season
Posted 23 January 2020 4:18 PM by Jase DeBoer
For some, winter is a time to stash the outdoor furniture and get ready to watch the snow pile up on the deck until the spring thaw. For others, it’s a time to enjoy the deck in other ways, with outdoor heaters, fire pits, grills that never get stored and holiday décor.
As a contractor, your clients can fall into both categories and will come to you with questions on how to properly winterize their deck. It’s important to be prepared for these questions, and ProWood® is here to help you provide the right answers.
How to Winterize Your Deck
Decks need to be winterized, no matter what the plans are for them during the winter. Here is the step-by-step guide to preparing a deck for the winter months, to keep it enjoyable or to make sure it’s ready for next summer’s activities.
Step 1: Inspect
Inspect the entire deck. Check for loose screws, damaged boards, loose handrails, etc. Adjust and make improvements if necessary. You’ll want to remove potted plants that sit directly on deck boards, so moisture isn’t trapped, causing mold and mildew.
Step 2: Clean
Sweep debris off the deck. Wash the deck with a bleach-free cleaner or mild soap and water. If you come across stained or stubborn areas, use a brush to scrub them clean. Rinse the deck with a hose.
Step 3: Protect
Make sure the deck is completely dry. Use a water repellent finish to protect the deck against water damage that could be caused throughout harsh winter months.
Dress up any room in the home with lattice wainscoting. We especially like this look for a nursery or kids’ playroom. ProWood treated lattice is safe to use indoors and around children.
Be cautious when shoveling snow off the deck. You’ll want to shovel parallel to the deck boards to prevent scratching the boards.
With these simple tips, you will be sure to provide joy and peace of mind to your clients over the winter season.