January is often the start of snowy winter weather in Maryland. With many snow days quickly approaching, it is important to know how to maintain your beautiful wood deck so that it will last as a part of your home for years to come. Winter weather can be harsh on wood decks in particular, but with the right care and regular maintenance, a little snow will not harm the most important part of your outdoor space. Consider these few easy tips for maintaining your wood deck in snowy winter weather this year.
Avoid Clearing Snow from Your Deck with a Metal Shovel
While metal shovels are great for removing snow and icy spots from your driveway or sidewalk, they can be especially damaging to a wood deck. Avoid clearing your deck with a metal shovel on a snowy day to prevent further damage of scratches and cracks on its surface. Instead, consider using a plastic shovel, a snow-blower, or a broom to clear your deck from the weight of snow this season.
Prevent Excess Moisture from Setting into Your Deck Surface
Although your deck is built to withstand a considerable amount of weight, the weight of the snow isn’t the only potentially damaging factor. As the snow melts, your deck will be covered in moisture that could contribute to rotting or warping over time. In keeping this in mind, it is also essential to free your deck of as much snow as possible to prevent the negative effects of moisture as it melts.
Invest in Salt-Free Ice Melts
Salt is an excellent tool for melting ice in your driveway or on the sidewalk throughout the season. However, it can be damaging to a wood deck over time. Instead of salt, consider alternative ice melts that will not dry and discolor your deck once the ice is gone.
Shovel Snow in the Direction Parallel to the Boards
Shoveling your snow in the same direction as the wood panels of your deck will help to prevent your shovel from hitting any snags and potentially chipping the wood. This step could save you from otherwise costly repairs surrounding damage to your deck.
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