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How to Protect Your Deck From Winter Weather

It’s probably no surprise that the Winter season can be hard on your deck, but did you know that taking some simple winter deck maintenance steps in the Fall can help to preserve the longevity of your deck and get it ready for high-use spring and summer seasons?

If you decided to go with MoistureShield composite decking for your outdoor space, then consider yourself in great shape; our composite decking offers superior protection against the elements and resists damage that can come from outdoor seasonal changes. At the foundation of every board is our solid core – an impermeable barrier that fights damage from moisture, rot, insects and other harmful elements. Even with the extra durability that comes with MoistureShield decking, many of these steps can also help you maintain a composite deck in winter.

How to Prepare Your Deck for Winter

Winter around the corner? No problem! Take these steps to prepare and protect your deck from snow and cold temps in the harsher months to come and help ensure that it maintains its longevity and keeps it looking as good as new.

STORE your non-essential furniture and planter pots to help reduce trip hazards that might become obscured in heavy snow

REMOVE built up organic debris, such as leaves, that can cause tannin spots if left over time. Tannin spots naturally fade or can be removed with a deck cleaner containing oxalic acid (commonly known as wood brightener), but clearing away organic material will save you additional cleaning steps once spring arrives.

CLEAR away snow before it starts piling up. Light snowfall should be removed with a stiff plastic or nylon bristled push broom. For heavier snowfall, use a plastic shovel and work parallel with the boards to avoid catching the edge of the deck board. Both options help prevent accidental scratches or gouges commonly caused by metal shovels or other sharp tools.

APPLY clear ice melt formulas or rock salt to help address slip hazards and prevent accidental stains on your deck.  Remove excess with a push broom as needed. Select ice melt that’s safe for use on concrete and flagstone, as well as safe for children and pets. Sand is not recommended for traction since it’s highly abrasive and can damage the deck surface.

CLEAN your deck as soon as outdoor temperatures permit with warm soapy water and a thorough rinse to ensure the surface is clear of any remaining ice melt or rock salt.