3 Ways To Protect Your Deck This Winter

South Shore deck sealingAn outdoor deck can be a wonderful investment for your South Shore home, but like any investment, you need to be investing the proper care into it in order to keep it protected throughout the year, especially now that winter is upon us. The cold winter months can be rough on an outdoor deck, and if you aren’t careful, you could find yourself in for an unpleasant surprise when spring finally comes back around. To ensure you have everything you need to keep your home’s outdoor deck properly protected over the course of the long winter months, our team of skilled painting contractors have taken the time to put together this handy list for your reading pleasure that contains a number of tips you can follow that will help keep your deck healthy and looking its best. Read on to find out how.

Clean It Up

One of the first things you’re going to want to do for your deck, if you haven’t already, is to clear away any clutter that might still be present. Planters, pots, and many other types of common deck clutter can cause moisture leaching if you aren’t careful, which can leave behind unsightly wood discolorations that can provide difficult, if not impossible, to get out. Your best bet in storing deck clutter is to either move it to your garage, into your shed, or even under your deck. Additionally, any patio furniture you have should be stacked and stowed elsewhere until it comes time to use your deck again once temperatures start to warm up.

Remove Snow Immediately

In much the same way that you want to remove snow from the surface of your home, you are also going to want to make sure you remove any sitting snow from your deck’s surface before it can cause damage. Melting snow and seep into your deck boards, causing warping and rot as temperatures begin to rise again, as well as mold and mildew growth. When removing snow from your deck’s surface, always be sure to shovel in the same direction your boards run to avoid damaging its finish and avoid using metal shovels for the same reason. Additionally, be sure not to use any salt or other ice melting products that aren’t specifically designed with wooden decks in mind, otherwise you risk damage and discoloration.

Cover With A Tarp

After you’ve removed the snow covering your deck, it’s time to keep it from piling up again. As simple as it may sound, simply covering as much of your deck surface as you can with a tarp is surprisingly effective way to protect it from snow buildup. Not only will this help to the need for extra shoveling work, but once it dried out, our professional painting contractors can come out and provide you with a brand new stain and seal to help provide additional protection against water damage.

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