One of the things you need to discuss with your deck and roofing contractor in preparation for the winter season is how you can best protect your deck. Since this is generally an outdoor feature of your home, your deck will always be exposed to the elements. So it makes sense that there should be some preparation on your part to make sure your deck stays safe throughout the season. Here are a few tips on how you can get this done.
Keep Your Deck Clean
The very first thing you need to do is simple: you need to make sure that the deck stays clean. That’s because this alone will help you achieve many things in one go. Firstly, you’ll be able to remove any items that can get damaged by the cold and the wet from exposure. This is especially important if one of your deck’s biggest appeals is the accessories found on it. This includes all ornamental items and furniture.
Secondly, a good cleaning session will also remove any of the dirt and potential growth that can be found on your deck. Mold and mildew can and will propagate during the winter season. These growths can slowly eat away at the material your deck is made of, in the same way that this can affect your siding replacement. Dig deep into the cracks of your deck to make sure that any growth present is removed.
Seal Your Deck
Once you’ve cleaned up your deck for the season, it’s time to actually protect it. This is a two-step process. First off, apply a new layer of protective sealant on the cracks and exposed parts of your deck. This will keep the moisture out of the material your deck is made of. This will go a long way towards preventing damage to the deck structure itself.
After this, you may want to cover up your deck. This is especially important if your deck doesn’t have features like a pergola. Covering your deck with a tarp will offer a secondary layer of protection on your deck, which will go a long way towards preventing the cold and moisture from affecting your deck’s structure.
If you need help in prepping your deck for the season, or with other home improvement projects including replacement window installation, turn to Turner Home Improvement Contractors. Give us a call at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Glastonbury, CT.