It’s so hard to believe that Summer is over, and Winter will be here before you know it. One of the things you should be thinking about is winterizing your deck. Whether it is a wooden one, a composite deck, or concrete, getting it ready for the hard winter months should be on your Fall cleaning list. Well, unless you live in the South, and have an easy Fall and Winter.
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Two summers ago, my husband and I took the plunge and re-did our deck. It was an expensive adventure, but one that was needed. We put a lot of thought into it, and were so glad we did it. One of our main requirements was that the decking would be easy to maintain. For that we chose composite decking. I am glad we did, as it really is low-maintenance.
Tips For Winterizing Your Deck:
- Take everything off the deck first. Silly as it sounds, starting with a clean slate makes it so much easier to clean up.
- Examine your patio furniture first. Check for loose parts or tears. Then gently scrub everything down with a mixture of warm water and Dawn detergent (non-affiliate link). Rinse thoroughly and let dry before putting it away. If you need to store it on your deck, check your furniture covers and replace damaged ones.
- Sweep your deck to remove stones or other abrasive material. When you go to clean it, you avoid the risk of scratching it.
- Inspect all parts of your deck. Look for loose nails or fasteners. Make sure railings are safe. Check post caps and steps. If you do find anything, get it fixed right away. We had some problems with the deck after our harsh winter last year. Luckily, it was still under warranty. By fixing these things right away, you can avoid costly maintenance later.
- Clean your deck down with an approved cleaner. Since we have composite decking, we use specialized cleaner for it. Since we could void our warranty by using something not recommended, we are careful to use the right product.
- Cover electrical outlets and faucets. We often forget about these when winterizing. Make sure they are taken care of as well.
These are just a few quick tips for winterizing your deck. Most of these things will take you less than an hour to complete, and it will help to prolong the life of your deck.