The time for backyard barbecues and enjoying a lazy summer evening on your back deck is now long gone. And if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to think about what you should do to winterize your deck. Properly caring for your deck this winter will ensure that it is not damaged by ice and snow and is beautiful and ready when warmer weather finally rolls around.
Here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we recommend that you take these three easy steps to ensure that your deck stays looking beautiful and new. Being proactive with your deck care now will save you money later because winter can take quite a toll on an improperly prepared deck.
Examine your deck
Take a close look at your deck, do a full walk around and if possible, get underneath it. Depending on the age and the quality of the sealing products used on it in the past, your deck could be in great shape or may show its age. Older or improperly sealed decks may show stains and other remnants of your summer barbecue parties, while newer or well-sealed decks might not show these signs.
Thoroughly clean your deck
If you find that there are quite a few stains soaked in or there is a lot of dirt ground into the wood, then a thorough cleaning is in order. You might also find gray areas where harsh rays of the sun have caused the wood to fade.
Note this important piece of information, because the faded area reveals an improperly sealed area which, combined with moisture from rain and snow, is the perfect recipe for mold, mildew, and other unwanted effects.
You can find bleach-free cleaners that are perfect for thoroughly cleaning as well as restoring the natural color of the wood without causing it to yellow. They’re also easy to use. You just get out your trusty garden hose, attach the applicator, and spray away.
If your deck is aged and you are seeing a lot of faded or deteriorating finish, you might want to thoroughly strip all that off before moving on to the next step.
Seal it well
Once your deck is clean and looking like new again, apply a protective coat to keep it sealed over the long winter. Without properly sealing a deck you can expect that it will be damaged by winter’s rain and snow, and faded by spring. You can easily avoid that, however, with a high-quality sealer.
You can choose a clear sealant that won’t change the color of the wood if it looks just how you like it. Or you can opt for different colors that are either solid or semi-transparent to work with the natural look of the wood and just add a touch of reviving color.
Of course, you don’t have to do the work yourself. Just give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. One of our helpful, professional team members will be happy to get your deck ready for winter. Call or contact us today with questions regarding caring for your deck this winter.