How to Protect Your Deck in the Winter

How to Protect Your Deck in the Winter Grand Rapids, MI

Is your backyard deck ready for winter? We understand that a deck is an investment in your home, which is why we make sure our customers know the pros and cons of different decking materials before they buy.

Even the best composite decking and plastic decking needs preventive care before winter. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard deck for years to come. Continue reading to learn how to protect your deck this winter.

Protecting Your Deck During Winter

Remove Organic Debris

Depending on how many trees you have near your home, you could have a layer of leaves sitting on your backyard deck. We recommend removing these leaves before the snow flies so you can better protect your deck.

While composite decking and plastic decking are durable against winter weather, they’re not invincible. The best way to protect your deck is to invest in preventive care before the snow flies. We also recommend cleaning the surface of your deck with a soft bristle brush and soapy water.

Clear Your Deck

What’s sitting on your backyard deck right now? We recommend removing outdoor furniture, planters, and other objects that could damage the surface of your deck over winter. For example, planters with drainage holes can trap moisture against the surface of your deck.

Take a Break from Shoveling

One of the most common ways homeowners scratch up their decks is by shoveling too often. Fortunately, you can easily sweep away a light dusting of snow with a broom. If you wake up to several inches already on the ground, we recommend using a plastic shovel to remove snow. Metal shovels have sharp edges that can scrape your deck. Shovel in the same direction of your decking boards so your shovel is less likely to get caught on edges.

We offer PVC decking from AZEK®️ and composite decking from TimberTech®️. Both of these decking materials have the advantage of being weather resistant. This means that you don’t have to worry as much about how snow will affect the appearance of your backyard deck. Snow is no more destructive of PVC decking and composite decking than rain.

Only Shovel When Necessary

If you have composite decking or a similar decking material that’s durable against winter weather, we recommend only shoveling when necessary. For example, you’ll want to shovel a path if you depend on your deck as an escape route for emergencies.

Your backyard deck is designed to hold up a certain amount of weight. If the snow is piled higher than your deck railing, you’ll need to shovel before your deck is structurally compromised. While this is a rare situation, you’ll want to keep tabs on how much snow is piled on your backyard deck.

Don’t Chip Away Ice

Do NOT chip the ice with your shovel as this will only cause more damage to your backyard deck. The last thing you want is for your deck to be covered in scrapes and gouges once the snow melts.

Ice increases the likelihood of a slip-and-fall accident, which is why we understand the temptation to chip ice off your deck. Instead, we recommend using salt that’s safe to use on your composite decking. While salt leaves behind a chalky residue on your composite decking, it can be easily removed by rinsing your deck with a garden hose in the spring.

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