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Northern Virginia Deck Builder: Remove Snow Safely from Your Deck
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How a Northern Virginia Deck Builder Recommends Removing Snow from Decks
Northern Virginia deck builder, Hal Co Fence, advises homeowners on how to remove the snow safely from their deck.
Hal Co is a reputable deck builder serving Northern Virginia residents for over 33 years. We offer:
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Yes, you do need to remove the snow – a few sites on the web might say otherwise – but they do not know the age and condition of your deck. Your deck may not be able to support the weight of a significant wet snowfall. For instance, a light, fluffy snow probably weighs around 10–12 pounds per cubic foot. However, a wet snow could be much heavier, upwards of 20 pounds per cubic foot. Add that weight to whatever you have on your deck – furniture, grill, hot tub – and you could have some big problems.
So, we tell our clients to sweep snow off the deck if they can keep up with it during a storm. If the snow is coming down too fast to keep up with safely, then they will need to shovel the snow off with a plastic shovel. Work taking off layers of snow will be easier with a heavy snow. Shovel lengthwise gently along the boards – never cross–board, which could severely damage the boards. Gentle shoveling in layers will allow you to notice if there is an issue with nailheads, which you do not want to catch and pull up with your shovel.
If you need to de–ice your deck, or want to prevent ice from forming, put down some Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA). CMA works well on both wood and composite decks. CMA is also non–corrosive and made from limestone and vinegar. It is the safest for your decking, landscaping, pets, and the environment in general.
Never use rock salt or any kind of salt on your deck. Salt will corrode your deck’s fasteners, hardware, electrical conduits, or gas pipes running underneath your deck. Rock salt is also dangerous for your landscaping and pets.
If you need some additional traction – stay away from sand. Sand damages your decking. Instead, consider cheap (non–clumping) kitty litter – better yet, how about some birdseed?
Please note do not use a snowblower on a deck – those are only for use on cement or asphalt. The scraper on a snowblower will damage the deck boards and could catch on nail heads. (However, we have seen a few YouTube videos where folks are creatively using a leaf blower to remove light snow.)
Want to make snow removal easier next winter? Have your deck cleaned and sealed. Sealing your deck will also help prevent damage from the freeze–thaw–refreeze cycle next winter. Ice will also be less likely to stick to the boards.
For more information from a Northern Virginia deck builder, please contact Hal Co Fence, the Northern Virginia deck experts. The experts at Hal Co Fence build and maintain beautiful, quality decks in Northern Virginia communities and all the Washington DC metro area.
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