How-to protect your deck this winter

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Before the chill in the air turns into harsh winter weather, clean and protect your deck to prepare it for the long winter months ahead.

Traditionally, decks were built from wood. However, with the scarcity, increased prices, and growing periodic maintenance of lumber, building decks with composite materials like railings or deck boards has become more common. If you are somebody who cannot withstand annual maintenance for your wooden deck, then composite decks can be a real treat for you.

Composite decking is the best material in winter months because of its three major advantages over the usual wooden decking. Such as:

  • Composite decking contains both wood and plastic. The plastic shields the wood by forming a protective layer over it. Hence, the wood fibers form a mold resisting decking which are not susceptible to mildew or other toxic growth in winter months.
  • Composite decking is not vulnerable to temperature changes, blowing wind, or freezing. Therefore it does not warp, split, or crack under extreme climatic conditions.
  • Composite material makes the deck moisture resistant. Its maintenance requires only sweeping or spraying which is easy ever in winter months.

All the above benefits add to generate composite and durable long-lasting decking that suits both your comfort and environment.

The affected area should be sprayed off with a hose to remove surface debris. Use warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and debris from the embossing pattern.

Remove all debris from deck using a hose or broom. Once the deck surface is dry, apply a “deck brightener” ** to the deck as directed by the manufacturer. Deck brighteners contain oxalic acid, which will remove tannins.

A plastic shovel may be used to remove snow from the deck. Use calcium chloride or rock salt to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

All food spills should be removed as soon as possible. The surface must be cleaned within seven days to maintain the stain warranty. To remove, spray off with a hose and use warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush to remove spills from embossing pattern.

If debris, such as pollen and dirt, is allowed to remain on the deck surface, mold can feed on the biofilm. Using a hose and warm, soapy water with a soft bristle brush is recommended to remove the food source and mold.

A┬ápressure washer with no greater than 3100 psi*****that has a fan attachment/adjustment and soap dispenser may be used to remove dirt, concrete dust, or other types of construction dirt. Spray deck with soap, then follow by gently scrubbing each deck board with a soft bristle brush. Spray/rinse each individual deck board using fan tip no closer than 8″ from the decking surface. RINSE THOROUGHLY. If dirty water from cleaning is left to dry, this will cause a film to remain on the decking surface.

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