With December around the corner, now is the perfect time to prep your deck for colder temperatures in upcoming winter months. While snow may still a few months away, it is never too early to prevent cracking and splitting on your wood deck. As you prepare your deck for the holidays and chilly winter months, consider these five easy tips.
Clean Your Deck
One of the easiest steps for preparing your deck for winter months is to clean the surface with soap and water. Cleaning your deck is among one of the most crucial steps for preventing mildew growth on your deck throughout the year. This step helps to ensure that the deck is clean and ready to go for spring.
Remove Debris and Outdoor Furniture
The first step in protecting your deck for winter months is to remove your outdoor furniture and debris for the year. By clearing your deck, you are reducing your risk of mold growth caused by wet fallen leaves accumulated throughout October and November. As temperatures fluctuate and drop into December and January, it is important to keep your deck clear of any added weight that might lead to the wood cracking and splitting over time.
Remove Potted Plants
While potted plants are beautiful on your deck throughout the spring and summer months, leftover dirt and moisture left by potted plants on your deck can lead to staining on the surface into the winter. For this reason, it is especially important to remove potted plants from your deck as you prepare for the upcoming winter months. This step will allow you to start fresh in the spring with a clean deck surface and newly potted plants.
Apply a Seal
For an added layer of protection against cracking caused by moisture and chilly temperatures, consider applying a seal to your deck during the early weeks of winter. A seal will protect your deck from winter weather in January and February so that you can continue to enjoy your deck in the spring and summer of 2019.
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