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You spend countless hours enjoying your outdoor deck in the summer but come fall and winter and it may slip from your mind until the grill comes back out of storage. Winter weather can cause significant damage to your wood deck, making for a large headache and expense in the spring.
Keep your deck looking great year-after-year by following a few simple rules for winterizing your deck. Ensure proper drainage of rain and snowmelt by keeping it free from debris. Leaves, pine needles, branches, twigs, and anything else left on the deck can clog the space between deck boards preventing water from draining through the deck. Without proper drainage, the deck boards can become weak and begin to rot, leaving you with the project of replacing portions of – if not entire – deck boards.
Remove potted plants and other decorations before winter hits. Moving potted plants indoors will not only protect your perennials during the cold winter months, it also will remove the possibility of stains and spots left on the wood from the flowerpots.
Check the seal on your deck boards by doing a simple water test. Sprinkle water on the deck watching to see if it beads up or just soaks in. If the deck material absorbs the water, it is time to reseal your deck. Home improvement and hardware stores sell deck sealer, or professional deck builders such as Hal Co Fence Company offer sealing services that save you time and money.
For more information on winter protection for your Northern Virginia deck, contact the professionals at Hal Co Fence Company. Serving the communities of Arlington, Fredericksburg, Leesburg and Purcellville as well as all of Northern Virginia since 1981, Hal Co fence and deck contractor helps you achieve all of your deck and fencing dreams.