Summer BBQs, sipping morning coffee, star gazing. All things that are enjoyed more fully when you are the proud owner of a deck. If you happen to be one of those proud deck owners, no doubt you are also aware of the potential dangers that your deck faces on a regular basis. Natural elements, bacteria, mold, perhaps even your beloved dog can all deal your deck a beating. Winter especially presents its own efforts to wear your deck down.
At Wilson’s Power Washing and Sealing, people call us out when their deck needs a little TLC. As experts in breathing life back into damaged decks, we want to share with you a few things you can do to minimize any damage to your deck this season.
Even if you are not worried about your patio furniture or those planters that house your perennials staying outdoors until spring, they could actually end up causing moisture leaching. Moisture leaching, in turn, could end up leaving you with discolored areas on your deck. If possible, it is best to store anything that usually lives on your deck underneath it or in your garage.
Fallen leaves and other debris should be cleaned away. If left to rot, this could speed up the natural deterioration of your deck. In addition, keep an eye out for any developing mold or mildew. These types of organic matter love the cracks in between boards, especially when you get regular cycles of rain and snow to up the moisture. If you notice mold or mildew forming, do your best to remove it promptly.
Another tip that can really save your deck is to apply a high-quality sealant. This will fill the cracks in your deck and ultimately shield it from damaging elements. Although worth it, this step may require you to remove finishes off of the wood surface first, which you may not care to do. In that case, you can cover your deck as much as possible with a large tarp. This will prevent ice from sticking around and causing cracks or excess moisture from warping the wood. Of course, if you do not like the tarp option either, you can always opt to simply shovel your deck after a snow. Just be sure that when you shovel you follow the direction of the wood grain so as not to cause any unnecessary damage.
If you follow these three simple suggestions your deck is sure to look as beautiful as ever come Spring and Summer. When warmer weather rolls around, be sure to give us call! We can give your deck a soft wash cleaning or even reseal it so that its beauty will be enduring.
By Wilson's Power Washing and Sealing 2-18-2020