With winter around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting things ready. Things like cleaning out the gutters, and bringing the snowblower in for service are usually top of mind, but what about winterizing your deck? Some of us may figure it doesn’t need it, but whether you plan to use your deck during the winter or not, it needs to be ready. Here’s what you need to.
The first thing you need to look for is any damage to the deck that may have happened over a summer of use. Anything that’s broken can be damaged further with the cold months and inclement weather. Look for loose screws, damaged boards, and loose handrails. Get those fixed as soon as possible. Remove any potted plants that sit directly on deck boards so that they don’t cause moisture to get trapped and bring along mold or mildew.
Take some time as well to clean off your deck. Use a pressure washer to remove any dirt and debris, or go old school on it and get down with a scrub brush and a bleach-free cleaner, or mild soap and water. Once it’s done, but sure to rinse it off.
Once it’s rinsed and dried, apply a water repellent finish to the deck wood to help protect it from the freeze and thaw cycle, and any rain or other precipitation that may occur during the winter.
Do you have questions about winterizing your deck? Or maybe you’re interested in turning your deck into a sunroom so you don’t have to winterize it! Reach out. We’d LOVE to help!