A deck is the perfect addition to any home, especially if there is a stunning landscape and perhaps a swimming pool to enjoy. Being in the great outdoors requires an area for grilling, family gatherings and a party or two.
Adding a deck to your home can increase the value of the property, and it can also add to the overall appeal of the home. However, in DC Metro region the winter months can be brutally cold and overly wet. That deck that you love so much may or may not be able to withstand the harsh weather, and the summer could bring to light all of the stability problems. So what does a person need to do to ensure their deck is ready to last through the wintertime?
The Importance of Maintenance
That BBQ and birthday party you had may have left lasting memories with you, but chances are it left other remnants behind too. Debris is a common problem on decks and whether its stains from the smoker or branches and leaves, if they stick around too long on the deck, they can ruin the finish.
Cleaning the deck is of the utmost importance. When the deck has items piled on it, it stops the water from flowing off freely. Standing water is a major problem that can lead to mold and decay. Be sure to sweep the deck and even use a power washer a couple times a year to remove things in the cracks and crevices. This will help to ensure the deck is ready for winter.
Staining and Waterproofing
Staining and protecting the deck is always a good idea. For those who don’t want to stain and prefer to go with the natural look, use a protectant on it. Waterproofing the deck puts a barrier on it that allows the water to bead up rather than seep into the wood. Pay special attention to any cracks or spots that have natural openings in the wood. The deck should be retreated about once per year. If staining the deck, be sure to apply a protective shield over the top for extra support.
Removing Items For Storage
Since the deck won’t be used as much during the winter months, it is a good idea to remove anything that won’t be needed. Potted plants are gorgeous in the summer, but during the winter they will perish in the cold winters. Potted plants have a tendency to leave rings and marks on the wood if left out during the wintertime. Moisture collects and gets trapped underneath them and regardless of whether there’s a plant inside or not, it can make a permanent mark on the wood. Put away furniture and anything that is not needed, it will help the deck to look great for much longer.
A deck is a great investment for the home. If you have a deck or are looking to put one in, remember to use quality lumber and screws rather than nails. A little maintenance goes a long way and can ensure the deck will be good for years to come.