Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Outdoor Deck -

Is your deck looking a little shabby after a summer’s worth of BBQs, playing outside, and outdoor gatherings? It might be tempting to leave it as is, knowing that you could spruce it up come spring when you’ll use it again — but smart homeowners know that putting in a little maintenance work before the arrival of winter can add years to the lifespan of an outdoor deck deck. Sure, deck maintenance takes time and costs money, but the investment is worth it when it means keeping your deck in great condition for years to come.

Protecting Your Deck

While you could certainly wait until spring to give your deck some TLC, there are a few benefits to taking care of this annual task before winter sets in. For one, any stains stains that your deck has incurred over the course of the summer will be much harder to remove if you wait 6 months. Additionally, taking care of the job now can help your deck survive the winter with minimal damage during the coldest wettest part of the year. Finally, as most deck owners don’t tend to do much maintenance work in the fall, you can sometimes get great deals on services with deck specialists.

Your best bet for making sure your deck looks it’s best come spring is to apply a water repelling protective finish to it. Before this, make sure to give your deck a good cleaning. With either a pressurized hose or a deck cleaner and brush, make sure that you remove any grime, residue, and stains that have accumulated over the course of the summer. After cleaning, applying a water-repelling finish to your deck will help it stay in it’s best shape throughout the winter. Rain and melting snow can seep into your wooden deck and cause boards to warp, split, and splinter. Putting in a little time now will ensure that your deck looks and feels great for those first warm days of spring.

Composite vs. Natural Wood Decks

It’s worth noting that in general, natural wood decks require more winter maintenance than composite decks. Natural wood decks are much more prone to water damage if they aren’t adequately protected. The primary maintenance step you’ll want to take for a composite deck is a deep cleaning to lift off stains and dirt. Like with natural wood decks, it’s worth it to put in this work before winter sets in, as stains and dirt will be much easier to remove when they’re relatively recent.

Finding a Reputable Deck Maintenance Specialist

Take advantage of seasonal deals and hire an outdoor deck specialist to make sure your deck is ready for the long winter ahead. Shop around online and compare quotes from multiple prospective specialists to find who is offering the best deal. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are deals available, even if there aren’t any officially advertised. This can be a great time of year to invest in your deck’s lifespan at a reasonable price.

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