As winter approaches, Colorado Springs residents are beginning to prepare for the inevitable snowy days that lay ahead of us.
Have you thought about how you’re going to prepare and protect your Colorado Springs home from the winter ahead, in particular your deck?
Preparing your deck for the snow and cold ahead is essential, especially if it’s made of natural wood or you live in an area where winters are harsh. By taking the time to prepare your deck now, you’ll expand its lifespan and save time, effort and money in the future. Plus, as soon as the temperatures start to rise again, your deck will be ready and you’ll be able to enjoy your time outside instead of doing deck repair projects.
Here are 4 ways to prepare your Colorado Springs deck before the winter.
Remove Any Debris From Your Deck
The first thing you want to do is remove any debris that has accumulated on your deck. Over time, and especially now that the leaves are falling, dirt, leaves, pine needles and more can begin to build up on your deck.
While it may not seem like a big deal, in the winter, this debris gives snow a chance to build up and turn into ice. This moisture build up is not good for your deck as it can rot the wood and cause other structural damages.
Inspect Your Deck
After you’ve removed all the debris from your deck take a moment to inspect it.
Though chips and warping of the wood are probably some of the first things that will catch your eye, make sure to inspect the underneath of the deck as well to see areas where past moisture might have created dry rot and structural damage.
A few things to look for when inspecting your deck for rot are: discoloration, any spongy consistencies, or insect damage. If you see any of these signs, call AB Painting & Drywall in Colorado Springs right away to get your deck repaired, as rot can quickly spread and can make your deck unsafe.
Lastly, look for loose railings or footings and tighten up anything that needs it.
Make Any Deck Repairs Needed
After you’ve inspected your deck, make sure you take care of any deck repairs before the snow arrives.
If there are any problems, such as rusting screws, chipped or broken planks and of course mold issues, the moisture from snow and rain can make a bad problem much worse.
Taking the time to make those deck repairs now will save you time and effort later on. Though many people may think that deck repairs can only be done when it’s warm, they can actually be performed year round, so don’t wait until your deck problems are worse, get them fixed today.
Seal, Stain & Finish Your Deck
So, you’ve removed debris, inspected your deck and made any deck repairs necessary. Now what? Are you good to go?
Not quite, solidify all your hard work by staining your deck.
As a general rule, you should always upkeep your deck by sealing and finishing your deck at least once every 2-3 years (or more depending on damage) to protect your deck’s wood from rain, snow and ice.
A deck that is not sealed is more likely to retain moisture, which can lead to warping, cracking and rotting. Even after all of your work surveying and repairing your Colorado Springs deck, if you don’t seal and stain your deck, you’re leaving it open to moisture and rot. As you may know, rot can destroy your deck’s strength and can increase the chance of pest infestation.
Don’t let all your hard work to prepare your deck for winter go to waste. Make sure you finish off by staining and sealing your Colorado Springs deck.
Deck Staining & Repair in Colorado Springs
Taking the appropriate steps to protect your deck from the winter months is incredibly important.
Our team at AB Painting & Drywall wants to make sure your deck stays safe year round so that you can enjoy it with family and friends.
Don’t wait until your deck needs major repairs. Follow the steps above and make sure to finish off your deck with a stain to fight off any weather heading our way.
Get your deck repaired and stained before winter, contact us for a free quote today!
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