Wood Deck Maintenance Tips for Winter

Wood Deck Maintenance Tips for Winter

Here are wood deck maintenance tips you should follow to help it last through winter.

While we’re nearing the end of winter, the season is still upon us. This means, if you have outdoor features around your yard, it’s important to still take care of them so that they make it through the cold of winter. One feature you may have is a wood deck, and there are a few things you’ll need to do to ensure it lasts until spring. Here are wood deck maintenance tips you should follow to help it last through winter.

Stay on Top of Inspections

There are some people who believe that, once a deck is installed, you don’t have to mess with it anymore. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When you get a wood deck installed, you also need to stay on top of various maintenance procedures to be sure it remains in good condition. One of these maintenance procedures is to get regular inspections done.

Check your wood deck to see if there are signs of damage. Mold and mildew should be cleaned off of the surface if you notice it. Oxygen bleach is a good cleaning compound for this type of problem. If your deck is suffering from general wear and tear, you want to repair the weakened areas before the damage has a chance to progress. Being proactive with decking problems is much better than being forced to react to bigger issues down the line.

Keep Your Wood Deck Clean

You should always take time to clean your wooden deck throughout winter. When dirt and debris have the chance to stay on your deck, your deck can actually begin to weaken. It’s best to steer clear of common household cleaners when getting deck cleaning done. Instead, use cleaners that are specifically designed to be used on decking surfaces.

Avoid Using Salt to Melt Snow

When melting snow, a mistake that people might make is treating their wooden decks with rock salt. The problem with salt is that it absorbs moisture in your deck’s wood. This will impact the natural expansion and contraction of your deck’s wood. As a result, your deck will start corroding and decaying. Instead of salt, try using natural products when melting snow.

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