Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can do a number on the exterior of your home, especially your wood deck. Winterizing your deck protects it from the elements during the months when you don’t use it as often.
Building a deck is an investment, and you can prolong the life of your deck by winterizing it each fall. A harsh winter can deteriorate the wood and depreciate the value of your deck leading to costly repairs and replacements. Take extra care of your wood deck now so you will have it for years to come.
Eliminate Slippery Surfaces
Mold, algae, fungus, mildew, dirt, and fallen leaves can collect on your deck over time and become a safety risk. When the debris gets wet, your deck can become incredibly slippery which can result in injury. In order to prevent this hazard, you should clean your deck this fall.
You can purchase deck cleaners that are specifically designed for wood. Use a scrub brush to loosen the debris and then rinse your deck thoroughly.
Wood is a porous material; therefore, it can absorb water. Even treated wood can retain water. When wood retains water, it becomes flexible and over time can cause your deck to warp, split and rot. Winter weather can lead to dry rot if your deck is not winterized. Dry rot is a fungus that starts to grow when there is too much moisture in the wood. The fungus begins to eat away at the wood and comprises the integrity of the entire deck.
If you clean the entire deck and let it dry while it’s still warm out you can then refinish your deck to help keep moisture out. You can remove the old, dull finish and put a fresh coat on. It is easiest to do this during warmer, dry months.
If you fail to winterize your deck, it can result in costly repairs down the road. You could potentially have to replace the entire deck if it begins to rot. Care for your deck like you would your car—the more you maintain it, the longer you will be able to enjoy it.
A deck is a major investment. You should maintain it like you would any other asset to your home. Maintaining its durability and protecting it against water damage is very important if you want your deck to last as long as possible. Plus, if you winterize your deck it will be ready for spring with little to no preparation.