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Cold Weather is Coming: How to Winterize Your Deck

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Winter is Tough on Your Deck

Winter brings cold, damp conditions that aren’t always enjoyable–especially for your home and deck. Prolonged exposure to the elements shortens the life of your deck and can lead to costly repairs or replacements; proper routine maintenance, however, can eliminate these problems.

At Harmony Decking, we want to provide our valued customers with the knowledge and advice that will keep outdoor living spaces in excellent condition for many seasons to come. We’ve talked previously about fall deck maintenance and some helpful tips for decks in winter, and this blog will go into more detail about how to prepare your deck for winter. Read on for a few valuable tips on how to help your deck brave the cold winter months ahead!

Winterize Your Deck in Three Easy Steps

Spending just a couple hours of preventative maintenance in the fall can save you a great amount of time and money after a hard winter season. Take some steps before winter arrives to ensure that your deck is in tip-top shape for the cold.

Step 1: Inspect

  • Look at your ledger board (this is where the deck attaches to the main structure of the house) to make sure that it is sound and that all fasteners are secure.
  • Make sure all support posts and joists are structurally sound. Depending on your deck, this may mean getting on the ground or underneath to get a proper view.
  • Drive in or tighten any nails or screws that may have worked themselves loose.
  • Is water collecting in certain spots? If so, it’s a good idea to make repairs or add flashing in those areas.
  • Make sure all handrails, railings, and stairs are secure with no loose parts.
  • Consider adding abrasive strips to stairs or high-traffic areas, especially if there are young or elderly members in the household.

Step 2: Clean

  • Clear the deck of all furniture, planters, grills, etc. and sweep or leaf-blow the entire surface. If possible, store these items in a safe, dry place for the winter.
  • With a mild detergent and water (using a hose or pressure washer at the lowest setting), thoroughly clean the deck surface to remove dirt, stains, and mold.
  • Remove any finishes that are peeling away or deteriorating to limit the extent of the damage and to give it a fresher overall appearance.

Step 3: Seal

  • If you haven’t sealed your deck within the last year, consider applying a water repellant; this will prevent slow water damage over time.
  • Always follow manufacturer instructions when applying any type of seal!

 

Call Harmony Decking for Help Preparing Your Deck for Winter

At Harmony Decking, we care about your home and your investment. If you or someone you know needs help with these tasks, please give us a call–we’re happy to assist with preventative maintenance! You can be sure we’ll do the job right the first time, every time. To get in touch with the decking professionals, simply contact us using this form or by referencing our contact information:

Harmony Decking
532 Cornell Drive, Warrington, PA 18976

Phone: 215-290-7727
Email: harmonydecking@verizon.net

 

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