How to Prepare Your Deck for Winter Weather

It may be hard to believe, but summer is already coming to a close, and fall is right around the corner. Before long, winter weather will set in, and the days will get shorter, temperatures will get colder and snow will begin to fall.

Unfortunately, all those weather conditions can take a toll on decks and lead to all kinds of problems including accelerated wear and tear. With that in mind, it’s important to consider how to prep a deck for colder weather.

Deck maintenance tips for winter months

Don’t let harsh weather conditions wreak havoc on your deck this winter. Instead, take some proactive steps to keep your deck protected from the elements and boost its longevity. Here are some tips on how to prep decks for colder weather:

  • Keep decks clean: One of the most important things for homeowners to do when it comes to deck maintenance is to keep decks clean. During the fall, it’s common for fallen leaves, branches, precipitation and other debris to contribute to residue buildup on decks. Clear debris from decks regularly, and pressure wash decks to get rid of grime and residue that builds up over time.
  • Inspect decks for damage: After cleaning your deck, take some time for an inspection to check for signs of damage that must be repaired. Pay close attention to any signs of mold, rot or mildew development that might take a toll on the structural integrity of the deck. Walk around the deck, and feel for soft spots or areas where boards are beginning to give way. Take note of these things to make sure you know how to approach repairs as effectively and efficiently as possible.
  • Seal the deck: Fall is a great time to seal wood decks to protect them from damage during the winter months. Wood decks should be sealed every two to three years to protect them from the elements and minimize the risk of damage from harsh weather conditions and temperature fluctuations. Sealing decks offers protection from pests, mold, mildew, rot and UV damage. Investing in routine sealing services can boost the longevity of a deck significantly and keep decks looking like new.
  • Invest in repairs and consider replacement: After assessing the condition of your deck, make sure to take care of any repairs that are necessary to keep a deck in good condition. Investing in repairs is a key part of preventative maintenance that can boost the lifespan of your deck and prevent more extensive problems over time. If your deck is already several years old and it’s in bad shape, consider replacing it with a new deck that will offer improved curb appeal and boost your home value.

Professional deck construction

If your deck is looking worse for wear and you’re ready for a revamp, contact Joe Myers Construction Inc. We offer comprehensive construction services, including deck installation, to provide our customers with great-looking outdoor living spaces that boost home value, improve aesthetic appeal and provide ideal locations for relaxation and entertaining. No matter the size or scope of your project, our team has the expertise to assist you. To get started with a consultation from our team, give us a call today.