As the cool winter frost takes its first bite at the once green lawn, everyone knows that this is only the beginning, including your deck.
As winter takes over and begins to unload bucket after bucket of wind driven ice and snow, you now hear the creaking wood as it puts up a fight against the harsh cold winter night. This fight, however, can be made much easier for your deck by remembering a few key pointers and in doing so, you will leave your deck in much better shape the following Spring.
What do the experts at any good decking company recommend? Begin your winter preparation BEFORE the first snowfall
The following tips will help bring you up to speed on how to effectively prepare your deck for even the harshest of winters in Toronto.
- Clear the deck: The first step you should take in prepping your deck for the first Toronto snowfall is to clear that bad boy off. Clearing your deck off is important, but why? One word, SNOW. Lots of it. Any objects you have scattered across your deck will only accumulate mounds of snow on them and in turn add unnecessary weight to the decks surface. For example, if you have a nice big table in the centre of the deck, after the first snowfall that table will surely have a massive pile of snow which will cause more stress on the deck and increase the chances of it cracking. Sound familiar? Any good decking company will recommend clearing everything off your deck, which will ensure there are no stress points on the surface and make it much easier to maintain.
- Time for a bath: If you were told you were going into battle tomorrow, what is the last thing you would want before your departure? A nice warm bath, obviously. Your deck feels the same way. Remember, for any type of wood, every winter could be the last. So, once you have your deck cleared off, it’s time to get down on your hands and knees and give it a nice scrub. You don’t have to go crazy and scrub the wood right off, but with all the foot traffic and scuff marks from summertime salsa lessons (yes, I know what you did last summer) I am sure there are a plentiful number of marks and stains just calling for some TLC. When scrubbing your deck, it is best to use bleach-free cleaner to retain the natural colour of the wood. Remember that any stains you fail to remove now will only become that much harder to remove in Spring after they’ve literally been pounded into the wood by a wintry hammer.
- A thin coat goes a long way: Now that the deck has been cleared, cleaned and looking better than it has in months, the next step would be to apply a water-resistant coat for which your deck will be thanking you even after the first snowfall. “Shouldn’t I hire a decking company to do this for me, I don’t want to mess up.” Look, you could hire a company to do it, but unless your deck is a square mile, you’ll be just fine. Just as any worried mother will yell to her son “Sweetie, don’t forget your jacket!” and tosses it to him only to embarrass him in front of all of his friends. You too, should never let your deck suffer through another winter without the right protection.
Is prepping your deck for winter like rocket science? No not at all, obviously. However, it does require you to be on top of the ball as when the first snowfall hits it could be months until you even see the deck again. But following these tips will save yourself lots of time and money in the long run.
Remember, for any other deck maintenance or landscaping advice, there is a local decking company right here in Toronto with more information than you could know what to do with. Toronto Custom Decks can be reached at 647-878-8780 with any questions you may have.