• How to Protect Your Deck This Winter

    If you do not properly prepare your deck for winter weather, it can weaken and potentially require costly repairs come spring. No matter the surface, be it natural wood or composite materials, your deck needs to be winter-proofed to survive the snow, ice, and harsh winds it will soon endure. Here are some tips for getting your deck ready before the temperature drops below freezing this year:
    Clean Surfaces are Key
    Wood surfaces are known for trapping dirt. If the dirt remains on the surface throughout the winter, mold and mildew will accumulate. This dirt, combined with any leftover leaves from fall, can retain moisture from snow, sleet, and rain and cause discoloration on your deck’s surface.
    Protect With Stain
    Protective stains are excellent at preventing damage to your deck. Choose a stain that instructs you to apply two coats. Two-coat applications are much more effective at prolonging the life of the finish.  Keep in mind: these stains are only necessary if your deck is made from natural wood.
    Handling Snow
    We recommend only removing snow from your deck if it can be easily brushed off with a broom. Heavy snowfalls that freeze are best left to melt on their own. Removing the snow with a shovel could end up damaging your deck’s surface.
    Should you find your deck looking less than perfect despite your winterization efforts, contact Allstar Fence and Deck LLC for help!