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Can Winter Weather Damage Your Deck?

Deck

Snow can have a big impact on your deck. Are you ready for the season?

Your deck provides a beautiful outdoor space that you love and which can add value to your home. It expands your living space and serves as an additional area for entertaining. In good weather you can cook on the grill, serve and eat meals outside, and enjoy a cool drink with friends while watching the sun go down. In the winter, you might be concerned about the impact that snow and ice can have on your deck.

Moisture

The deck is built and designed for outdoor use. That means it can withstand water, snow, and ice, especially if you have kept up with regular maintenance such as applying sealing for wooden decks. The materials used to build your deck are resistant to water so you don’t have to worry about damage from rain, snow, or ice.

Weight

When designed and installed properly, your deck can withstand the weight of the snow. If you live in an area where you get a lot of snow and you notice that it has accumulated higher than the railing, then you should remove some of it. Otherwise, the weight of the snow should not cause your deck to collapse.

Shoveling

You may want to shovel a path so you can use the back door of your house. In that case, make sure to push in the direction of the boards. That will help reduce the chance of chipping, splintering, or damage to the deck boards. Plastic shovels are best because metal ones can gouge the surface. A broom or a leaf blower is even better to use in the event of a light snow.

Ice Melt

If you choose to use a product to melt ice, read the package to be sure it is safe for your decking material. If you have plants or landscaping below the deck, note that some ice melt products can harm plants, so keep that in mind. Don’t use sand for traction because it can scratch the surface of a wooden deck.

Icicles

If you notice that there are icicles hanging above your deck, you should remove them promptly. They can be sharp, and if they fall on your deck, they might damage the wooden boards.

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