Winterize Your Deck: 3 Basic Steps

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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

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