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Tips for Deck Preventative Care and Maintenance in Fall and Winter
The Importance of Deck Fall and Winter Maintenance
Fall is the perfect time to start preparing your deck for winter. Your deck must withstand the high winds and precipitation during Virginia’s cold winters. Deck care in winter looks a little different than the other seasons of the year, but it can be easy with the right tips.
Preventive Care and Basic Fall and Winter Maintenance
Ensure your deck lasts through the winter with good basic deck care and maintenance. Deck maintenance includes cleaning your deck thoroughly to remove built-up dirt and barbecue stains from the summer months. Check sealant for signs of wear and tear. If your sealant is peeling or looks faded, it may be time to strip and reseal before winter. Resealing your deck with water-repellant finish prevents snow and ice from getting under the paint.
Deck winter maintenance contributes to your home’s overall improvement. A thorough cleaning in the fall and reapplying finishes and stain will guarantee the long life of your deck. For the best advice on which sealant to use on your deck, ask our experts. Include the type of wood you chose for your deck, the date of its last sealant application, and your main concerns for deck protection.
Master Deck Care in Winter
Seasonal elements don’t have to put a damper on deck care in winter. Remove snow and ice from your deck as soon as possible to prevent water damage. Letting snow melt won’t cause major issues if you took steps to winterize your deck, but it can otherwise weaken the wood. Improper deck maintenance can lead to the need for deck repairs and replacements come spring.