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Winter Deck Tips: How to Handle Ice and Snow

Last month we talked about how to prepare your deck for winter, but what about keeping it in good shape during these wet and chilly months? Today we’re going to talk about our favorite winter deck tips and how you can keep your deck looking great all season long. 

The cold weather and threat of snow make it difficult to use your deck very often in the winter, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to neglect your outdoor space. Caring for your deck in the winter is one of the most important ways to ensure you have no surprises come springtime.

Here are some of our go-to ways to care for decks in the winter time:

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Before the first snow hits, it’s a good idea to give your deck a good scrub. Over time, wood stains can actually cause your deck to deteriorate, and they can be easy to forget about once they’re covered in a blanket of snow and ice. The last thing you want to walk out onto in the springtime is a warped or worn-away deck!

Check Your Labels

Speaking of ice, we recommend using a de-icer on your deck to avoid that slippery covering, but it’s vital that your de-icer is safe for your deck. Rock salt can contain harsh chemicals that actually make deck stains and corrosion worse. Opt for a safer alternative like ammonia sulfate to keep your deck de-iced (and stain free!).

Choose Your Shovel Wisely

Metal shovels may seem like a great way to scrape up the ice and snow covering your deck, but they can also scrape or dent the wood and leave you with a scratched up mess come springtime. When you shovel, choose a sturdy plastic and be sure to go with the grain of the wood, not against it.

Did all this talk of winter deck tips leave you dreaming of a deck of your own? Start planning today by contacting Harmony Decking. Call 215-290-7727, or fill out our  contact form to get started today!

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