During the warmer seasons throughout the year, there are many ways to use your deck to enjoy outdoor living activities, such as backyard BBQs, outdoor dining, and outdoor lounging with the family. However, to ensure that you can enjoy these warm months, you have to protect your deck from the harsh weather conditions it endures during the colder months, such as rain, snow, ice, and hail. Bad weather is inevitable and can leave significant damage to your deck. Listed below are some tips for protecting your deck during harsh weather conditions.
It’s easy to assume that once your deck is installed, it can withstand harsh weather conditions and outdoor elements without any intervening from you, but the truth is that decks endure a lot over a single season. Wood and composite decks need regular maintenance and care. Regular maintenance is critical in protecting your deck, ensuring that it lasts and maintains its appearance.
Seal Your Deck
An unprotected wooden deck will deteriorate quickly. Due to excessive moisture from rain, snow, and other elements, it is prone to cracking, rotting, and splitting. Applying a deck preservative, usually consisting of sealants, stains, and paints can help add an extra layer of protection to your deck. Each has its own appeal, but they ultimately protect wood and composite decks from factors such as moisture damage, fungus growth, and the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays.
Clean Your Deck
Cleaning your deck is an essential component of deck maintenance. You don’t want dirt, leaves, and other debris to build upon your deck, ruining its appearance, so routine cleaning is essential. Your deck should be cleaned regularly, at least twice a week, using methods such as sweeping, hosing, and, when applicable, shoveling when it snows. Deep cleaning your deck is also recommended at least twice a year for a more refined finish.
Removing Your Outdoor Furniture
Due to weathering, removing the outdoor furniture from your deck prevents the deck from becoming worn down with inconsistent spots in areas that furniture pieces inhabit. It’s recommended that you clear your deck when the weather changes to prevent this issue from occurring.
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