Winter months can be tough on a wood deck if it's not maintained properly. Here are three easy steps to winterizing your deck which will help ensure longevity, safety and beauty for years to come.
Step 1: Inspect
- Check your ledger board (where the deck attaches to your house) to make sure the board is sound and fasteners are in place.
- Check support posts and joists under the deck for structural soundness.
- Drive in nails and tighten any screw or anchors that may have worked loose.
- Consider replacing or adding flashing where water may be collecting.
- Check to make sure handrails and steps are secure.
- Consider adding abrasive strips to help prevent slips.
Step 2: Clean
- Remove all planters and furniture and sweep away any leaves or other debris.
- If possible, store planters and furniture off the deck to help prolong the deck's life.
- Clean the deck with mild soap and water.
- Use a garden hose or a pressure washer on low setting.
- Consider scraping away any finish that's peeling or otherwise deteriorating.
Step 3: Seal
- If your deck hasn't been sealed in the last year, apply a water repellent.
- Follow manufacturer's recommendations for application.
- Get more info on sealing your deck.