Here are a few pro tips to help protect your deck during harsh Maryland winters and extend it’s lifespan for years to come.
#1 – Remove dirt and debris
While build up of leaves, pine needles, and dirt might not seem like a big deal, these can actually have a significant impact on your deck. Piles of debris lock in moisture and can cause rot and other structural damage. Clean your deck before winter and keep debris clear throughout the winter season.
#2 – Keep your deck free of mold and mildew
If left untreated through the winter season, mold and mildew can cause severe damage to your deck. Prior to and after the winter season, be sure to have your deck professional cleaned using a specially formulated solution that combats mold and mildew and removes any existing growth.
#3 – Have your deck professionally sealed
Be sure not to overlook having your deck sealed and finished at least every 2-3 years. Doing so adds a protective barrier between your wood deck and dirt, rain, snow, and ice. Keeping moisture out of your wood deck is crucial to prevent warping, splintering, cracks, and rot.
#4 – Carefully remove snow from your deck
When shoveling snow from your deck, make sure you go with the wood grain. This can help prevent scratching and wearing down the wood finish. Also, don’t use a metal shovel as this can do significant damage to your deck surface.
Also, avoid the tendency to put salt on your deck to melt ice. Salt and various forms of ice melt can significantly harm deck finishes and cost you more money in the long run.
#5 – Place a tarp over your deck
A simple solution may be to place a tarp over your deck and deck furniture during cold, snowy winter months. This works well for those who don’t plan to use their decks at all during winter, but may not be ideal if you have a grill, hot tub, or outdoor fireplace that you plan to use year round.
Deck Maintenance In Gaithersburg, Maryland
To prepare your deck for harsh winter months and keep it cleaned and preserved all year long, enlist the help of DeckMaster. We specialize in deck cleaning and deck repair using revolutionary methods that will put years back on the life of your deck.