Deck Safety Tips: Stairways Need Attention Too!

During the summer, spending time outside is inevitable. This is why there is no better time then now to check your decking, especially your stairs. After you have checked for loose/corroded fasteners, and split/decaying wood be sure to inspect your stairs. As always, if you are unsure about the safety and stability of your decking …

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Deck Safety Tips: Grills & Fire Pits

Before you entertain guests at your next deck party, educating yourself on the importance of fire safety is critical. Did you know that, according to the United State Fire Administration (USFA), in 2012, there were an estimated 5,700 grill fires on residential properties? Knowing how to set your deck up for safety can avoid a …

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Decking Maintenance – How to Winterize a Deck

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?

How to Winterize a Hardwood Deck
Learn the best way to keep your deck healthy during winter.

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:

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Ipe Decking Maintenance – How to Remove Ice & Snow from a Wood Deck

I received a great question from Bob K. (thanks, Bob!) about how to remove ice and snow from an ipe deck. This is a wonderful question not just because it’s winter, but because it’s just not a good idea to scrape ice off your deck using a snow shovel. How do you remove ice off …

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