Prep Your Wood Deck for Winter
If the summer has taken a toll on your wood deck – or if you’ve just invested in a new one – now is the time to clean, restore and protect the wood from possible moisture damage during the winter months ahead. Here are some tips for "winterizing" your deck:
- Clean the deck thoroughly to remove dirt, fungus and gray surface wood with a formulated deck cleaner. Weathered gray wood, rust spots and stains from mildew, moss, algae and tannin bleed can ruin the look of your deck. Even newly built decks can require cleaning to remove invisible surface barriers that prevent the adhesion of stains and sealers.
- Strip any deteriorating or unwanted stain or finish.
- Seal your deck with a water repellent finish before the beginning of winter. Water repellents stop rain, sleet, snow and ice from penetrating the wood surface, which can cause warping and cracking.
"Winterizing" your deck will protect it from the elements, and also protects your overall investment.