Winter is a great time to stay cozy and comfortable inside your home. But you also need to remember that while you can easily go inside, your outdoor living space must endure the harsh weather for a couple of months, especially your deck. Let’s learn how wood deck waterproofing and other tips can help prep your deck for winter.
How to prepare your deck for winter: Wood Deck Waterproofing & More
Clear your deck.
Before you can do wood deck waterproofing or any other measure to protect your deck, you need to make sure that it’s clear of any furniture, appliance, or fixture first. Remove anything that could cause moisture to leach and lead to discoloration on your wooden deck.
Also, make sure that you have storage space for everything that’s on your deck like your garage or basement so that you can protect your furniture and fixture from the harsh winter weather.
Give your deck a thorough clean.
Once your deck is clear, scrub it down using the right surface cleaner to get rid of any dirt, dust, mold, and mildew that could cause permanent damage when exposed to winter weather. You should also remove any debris that could rot on your deck as well as any mold and mildew that might have accumulated between your deck boards.
Seal your deck: Wood Deck Waterproofing
For ultimate protection, you should invest in wood deck waterproofing to ensure that your deck is safe against ice and moisture during the harsh winter months. This is especially important if you live in an area where winters can be long and hard because moisture seeping through the cracks and on your deck, and the surface could easily cause serious damage to your deck.
Wood deck waterproofing is a task that requires skills and experience, so it’s best to leave this job to professionals who can get it done fast and efficiently. Attempting to waterproof your deck on your own could affect its efficiency and even cost you more than you would like.
Cover your deck.
Although you’ve already done wood deck waterproofing, you can still take the extra measure of covering as much of your deck as possible. This will protect the wood from any snow accumulating on it and keep ice from seeping into the cracks causing more damage to your wood. Having a cover will also make it easier for you to clean your deck once winter is over.
Finally, you shouldn’t just leave your deck as it is during the harsh winter months. As snow covers your home more, you need to clear any accumulation to keep the buildup from damaging your home, and that should include your deck.
When shoveling snow from your deck, do it in the same direction as your boards run to make sure that you’re not damaging the wood’s finish. Never use any ice-melting products like salt to make it easier to remove snow from your deck as these products could damage wood causing discoloration.
So, before you get your cozy sweaters out and go about the holiday rush, make sure that you hire wood deck waterproofing professionals and follow these steps to protect your deck against the harsh winter weather.
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