Preparing A Hardwood Deck for the Winter
Fall is here and many people are starting to prepare their deck for the Winter months. What do you need to do to ensure your garden deck stays healthy?
Keep Gaps Clear of Debris
Leaving your deck dirty and covered with debris over the winter months is a recipe for disaster. If you allow the gap spacing between your deck boards to get plugged up with debris, you won’t just have a lot to clean up come springtime. You might also be looking at a warped deck due to excess moisture being trapped underneath your deck. Proper ventilation will also ensure that mold and decay don’t rear their ugly head. Keep your deck boards looking good by sweeping away dirt, leaves, pine needles or any branches.
Got mold? Use these tips to eliminate mold from your hardwood deck before winter.
Just ask any homeowner who owns a deck how hard it is to get rid mold watch their face get red with frustration. Mold (aka mildew, aka the bane of composite deck owners everywhere) needs to be dealt with as soon as you see it. Mold can grow and prosper during the months when your deck is being used the least. Mold feasts on moisture so snow and melting ice might as well be a t-bone steak with all the fixin’s to mold.
How to get rid of mold on hardwood decking:
We recommend power washing your deck. And, if necessary, using a specially-formulated hardwood deck cleaner to get rid of mold. Now, on a pure scientific level, the hardwood decking we sell is resistant to mold due to the natural oils and density of the wood itself. The two factors alone help keep your deck more stable than other materials. By not giving mold a chance to grow on its surface, hardwoods like Ipe don’t have the mold problems that cedar and composite decking owners are accustomed to dealing with. This is why we don’t generally recommend using outdoor bleach products.
For those with composite, or softer wood decks like cedar, we highly recommend getting the opinion of a local expert who can determine the best course to take.
What about Flower Pots & Planters?
Regardless of the time of year, having stationary flower pots or planters that rest on top of your deck is always a bad idea. Always.
For the best results, remove the planters and pots during the winter(Especially if all that’s going to sit in them is dirt). If you’re absolutely certain you want to keep your planters on the deck, it’s a good idea to either reposition them every few days. You might also consider placing an object something between the planter and your deck’s surface. Many professionals recommend placing pots onto a single square, or round piece of cedar. I wouldn’t recommend using those cheap plastic trays during the winter because they can freeze, crack, and leak water…which pretty much defeats the purpose.
Luckily, if you purchased your decking from Advantage Trim & Lumber, the most maintenance you might have to do is sweeping debris off your deck and making sure your gap spacing is free of debris.
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Here’s to a great fall and an even better Holiday season!