Caring for Your Deck this Winter

Caring for Your Deck this WinterThe 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.

All About Fiberon Decking

All About Fiberon DeckingHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, we’re a family owned and operated decking company, proudly offering services to our neighbors in the Denver metro area. We’ve built our business on providing both quality deck products and building services. That’s why we’d like to tell you all about Fiberon decking, so you’ll get a better understanding of why we choose to carry this great product. 

Expertise

Fiberon has been building quality products for almost 20 years, with a focus on always innovating and improving them. They stay in tune with what their customers are looking for, always striving to create new styles and designs, meeting modern-day preferences.

Contractor’s trust

Including us, many contractors use Fiberon’s products, because they are bulletproof, easy to install and built to last. When you’ve got a good company making a great product, it just makes sense to use them.

Proudly built in the USA

All Fiberon products are manufactured either in their North Carolina or Idaho location. The quality of their workmanship is so sought after that they even export to over 30 countries around the world.

Guaranteed quality workmanship

Fiberon offers a 25-year stain and fade warranty, the industry’s first. Plus, they offer a variety of other warranties, showing the well-deserved confidence in their products.

Environmental concerns

If you know all about Fiberon decking, you would know that the company is committed to protecting the environment and does so by using recycled materials to make their products. In doing so, they divert 60,000 plus tons of wood and plastic from landfills per year. They also manage to recover 98.5% of their generated waste.

Also, they use sustainable processes for making their products which don’t contain harmful chemicals. With one location on the east coast of the country and one on the west, they use rail transportation to ship their products using as few greenhouse gasses as possible and improving efficiency.

Helpful tools

Check out Fiberon’s website for their valuable online design tools. You can use the product visualizer to view different styles and colors, browse through photo galleries for inspiration or even use the Deck Design Tool to virtually visualize your space and help you plan exactly how you want it to look after it is completed. 

Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is proud to offer Fiberon decking and many other quality brands to bring you the most extensive selection of decking and railing options. Our expert team can help you choose just the right look to complement your home and accentuate your outdoor space.

You can rest easy with our company, knowing that we’ve been serving the Denver area for more than 20 years. We understand what works best and what doesn’t for the climate in Colorado and can help you with all your questions and concerns. Whether you choose to learn all about Fiberon decking and use it for your upcoming project or go with a different brand, we have something that will work for your taste needs and budget. Call or contact us today and let’s get started on creating your deck masterpiece.