As winter approaches, the transformation of your outdoor deck from a summer haven to a resilient winter retreat begins. The chilly season poses unique challenges to deck maintenance, as snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can take their toll. However, with proper care and preparation, your deck can withstand the winter months and emerge unscathed in spring. This article will explore the essential steps and tips for winter deck care, ensuring that your outdoor space remains inviting, safe, and ready for enjoyment throughout the colder months.
3 Essential Winter Deck Care Tips
Eliminate the clutter from your deck, as leaving planters exposed during the winter can lead to moisture seepage, resulting in unsightly wood discolorations. Store them in your garage or beneath your deck to protect them. Similarly, stack and store your patio furniture for the winter season. It’s essential to maintain a clean deck surface because neglecting debris on your deck can lead to deterioration over time.
Protect the Surface
Address any mold and mildew that could be present on your deck surface, as decks often provide an ideal environment for their growth. Throughout winter, moisture on your deck can create conditions conducive to mold and mildew, particularly in tight spaces or between cracks. To fortify your deck against winter’s elements, apply a premium-quality sealant that effectively fills cracks and shields your deck from moisture and ice. While this might entail removing prior finishes, the result justifies the additional effort. When spring arrives, your deck will appear pristine and free from damage.
In the autumn, make a habit of sweeping away fallen leaves from your deck. During the winter, clear away snow regularly to reduce the risk of damage and fading resulting from extended exposure to snow and ice. Using a blower is the preferred method, but when shoveling, opt for pushing the snow in the direction of the deck planks instead of pushing against them to prevent any potential scarring of the wood by shoveling too aggressively.
Coy Construction Doesn’t Hibernate in Winter
While other crews are hibernating, we’re still working. Coy Construction installs decks all year long. Many other companies lay off their teams during the winter, but Coy Construction does not. Coy Construction installs and works all year long, even in the winter. You can still get your dream deck or porch in the winter months and have it done and ready for next spring!
For expert advice and installation for all your deck and porch needs, count on Coy Construction. We are a family-owned and -operated Michigan deck-building company with a 40-year tradition in Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan. From design to installation, Coy Construction is proud to offer a wide range of products for your deck and outdoor needs, such as Trex, cedar, treated pine, and more!
You can enjoy a 15% savings on your deck if your contract is signed by March 1, 2024. Call us today at (248) 363-1050 for a consultation!