There is an old saying that goes “the best time to fix a leaky roof is before it starts to rains.” Doing so as it is raining is a horrible time to undergo such a task. And while it may be too soon to actually winterize your deck, it is certainly not too early to begin gathering the tools you will need and to get all information you will need to help your deck weather the severe change in weather we will all be faced with in the next few months. Decks are alive and special care must be taken in order to keep them that way, especially as the cold months of winter approach. Here are some tips for winterizing your deck that you should start thinking about now.
Remove all furniture: Store your furniture away for the winter indoors in order to prevent it from being damaged by the elements. Clean these items too and store them in a basement or garage until spring re-emerges.
Clean your deck: Before you start the process of winterizing your deck, be sure to remove the debris such as pine needles, leaves, etc. Clutter like this can trap moisture which promotes rot. Sweep the deck thoroughly.
Trim overhanging trees around your deck: Trees can be the source of falling ice which can damage your deck.
Wash: Power wash your deck or use a bleach-free cleaner to remove any remaining dirt. If you have questions about what kind of wash to use, we can help you as we are deck contractors in NJ who specialize in deck repair, maintenance and construction. We have specially formulated cleaning solutions that can remove things like mildew and algae both of which can damage your deck.
Have your deck sealed: We can waterproof and stain your deck to prevent water moisture from melting ice and snow. We are skilled at deck repair in NJ and can restore faded looking decks and protect the finish of new decks.
Making sure that your deck is winterized protects not only your deck but it also protects the investment you have made in your home. Moreover, winterizing your deck extends the life of your deck and prevents costly repairs in the future. Start planning early in order to guarantee that by this time next year your deck will emerge from the winter months looking shiny, clean and healthy.