As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, the time you spend out on your deck decreases. Season changes can be hard on decks, especially older wooden ones. But taking the right steps to prepare your deck for winter ensures that your deck will be ready for you to enjoy again next spring! Read on for tips on winterizing your deck.
Start off by cleaning your deck thoroughly, scrubbing away dirt, stains, and remnants of the summer. If your wood deck needs a new stain, take advantage of the nice weather to get that done. After cleaning your deck, it’s important to apply a water-repellent finish to protect it from the damaging effects of winter. A good stain or sealant keeps out moisture and protects your deck from the elements. Ice, snow, sleet, and rain can seep into an unprotected surface and cause splitting and warping. Because of this, it’s just as important in the winter as the summer!
Cover up deck furniture with tarps to keep them safe from the winter elements. Also, bring in any potted plants, seat cushions, and other things that could be damaged from the long, cold winter.
Taking the right steps now saves you a lot of trouble in the future. So winterizing your deck now means you’ll be ready to enjoy it again in the spring!