Helpful Tips for Winter Deck Care

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Protect your deck from the winter weather

Winter weather means no more outside parties on your deck, at least for the season. Unfortunately, the harsh cold and wet weather can also mean damage to your deck, if it’s not properly treated and cared for. HGTV offers helpful tips to keeping your deck protected through the winter.

Clean Thoroughly
Dirt stains, mold, and mildew all take away from your deck’s appearance. Get the grime off completely before the harsh weather sets in. You can use a bleach-free cleaner that is specifically formulated for wood. Additionally, if you’re looking for a project, a stained or finished deck can be stripped or sanded down before using a new stain or sealer.

Use A Finish That Protects
One of the best things you can do for your deck is use a water-repellent finish. Moisture is a killer for your deck, as it can cause mold, warping, splitting and cracking, and other issues. There are many options on the market, from clear coats to colored stains, that seal water out of wood.

Take care of your deck this winter, and keep it looking great for next summer. Try these tips, and contact Schutte Lumber for more information and help.

 

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