Is Your Deck Ready For Winter?
If you are in “winterizing” mode, don’t forget your deck. Here are some things to take into consideration:
Sweep and clear away debris helps prevent mildew, fungus and algae growth. A good water rinse will remove dirt and grime. If your deck is really grimy, add some elbow grease to a stiff broom along with a mild detergent to remove the final layer of dirt.
If you live in snow country
Before snow season
Inspect your deck and repair nails or screws protruding from the decking; these can catch a shovel or a foot.
The best way to clear snow is with a broom. If the snow is light and not deep, you can sweep it under the rails. Using a broom will not scrape, scratch or gouge your deck. If you have only a couple of inches of light snow, you can use a leaf blower.
For deeper snow, use a shovel. Be sure you use a plastic shovel with a plastic blade. Metal shovels can scratch or gouge your deck. Be careful if your deck is cedar or redwood. These are soft woods and can be damaged along with composite decking is scratch resistant, they are not scratch proof.
Remember, always shovel parallel to the deck boards eliminating the chance of the front edge of your shovel catching the edge of the deck board and damaging it.