Summer is over, and fall has officially begun. For some, this means bringing in the patio furniture and cleaning off your wood deck. During the colder seasons, long nights on the deck may come to a halt, and for others, not so much. Whether you enjoy spending time on your deck all year round or not, the upkeep of your deck through each season is fundamental. Here are a few ways to keep your wooden deck intact through the colder months.
Sweep Away the Leaves
During autumn, the falling of leaves from trees is entirely inevitable. If your deck is surrounded by or near trees, it is not exempt from being covered in acorns, leaves, and tree sap. Allowing leaves, branches, pine needles, and acorns to sit on your deck for some time causes staining and discoloration, which can not be rinsed away with a power wash. In some cases, it could also enhance the likelihood of mold growth and debris accumulation, leading to your wooden deck’s demise. When you see parts of trees accumulating on your deck, sweep them away as soon as possible. It may be an extra household duty, but at the end of the fall season, your company will thank you for it.
Reseal Your Wood Deck for the Colder Months
The colder months typically bring rainier weather, so you’ll want to ensure that your deck is sealed to repel water. If your wood deck is made of a material that is naturally water resistant, such as pine, ipe, western red cedar, chestnut, or larch, to name a few, then there is no need to worry about sealing it. A wood sealer acts as a protective barrier between outside elements and your deck to repel against moisture. Without a sealant, your deck could encounter several problems caused by water damage, including softening, rotting, expanding, cracking, shrinking, etc.
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