When winter comes, you’re indoors and enjoying sipping hot cocoa by the warm and robust fireplace. While it’s spewing out crackling sounds and warmth, you’re relaxing in the recliner watching the whimsical flames. Looking out to your back patio, though, you notice snow starting to fall. You start to think to yourself how beautiful the snow is in Colorado, yet you can’t help but wonder about your dog’s safety. Are their paws doing ok on the frigid deck when you let them outside? Are they at risk of slipping and hurting themselves?

Thinking these types of thoughts can cause any dog owner to feel a little bit anxious; because of that, Thornton’s deck drain system experts have compiled a list of the top five ways to make sure your deck is slip-free this winter.

5 Ways To Keep Your Deck Slip-Free

  1. Keep it clean. A clean deck is a happy deck…and a slip-free deck. Obviously, ice is a risk for slipping, but can you believe it’s not the only element that causes slips and falls on decks? When a deck is slippery, there are other factors that come into play, such as mold and algae, moss and other organic matter caused by debris leftover from the summer months. When snow and ice sit on top of the debris then melts, the deck can become like an ice rink.
  2. Buy non slip mats. If you are an individual who will brave the elements and frigid temperatures all in the effort to grill a steak to perfection, you’ll want to invest in a few non slip mats or strips. Doing so will help to keep the area you stand and walk stable. The last thing you’ll want to do is slip on your deck while carrying your cooked-to-perfection steak; did we mention it was medium rare? Don’t settle for slippage when you could have a safe, non slick deck under your feet.
  3. Coat your deck in non slip surface texture. If you have a wood deck, you’ll want to purchase non slip surface texture. Although it’s not a necessity, it’s definitely worth it. By coating your deck in this product, your deck will be much less slippery than without. Your shoes will be able to grip better and the product is safe to use on any deck surface.
  4. Use safe and harm-free methods of ice removal. When we get snow in Thornton, your deck may turn into a field of snow. You’ll want to remove the snow in efforts to keep your deck’s condition prime. And, while removing snow with ice melt may seem effortless, you won’t want to resort to doing so. Ice melt will only damage the wood your deck was built with, leaving you with a deck that’s discolored and damaged. Shoveling is your best option; however, you’ll want to use a plastic shovel because a metal one can crack and damage the boards of the deck.
  5. Double check the deck railings are stable. If you’re out on your deck, you’ll want to use the railings as a secondary source of staying stable. And, if the railings aren’t stable, you won’t be either.

Use your discretion when choosing to head out onto your deck this winter. If the conditions are hazardous, be sure you take necessary precautions to stay safe. While we’re all about keeping your deck drain system running smoothly, we also want you to keep it safe and slip-free. We wish you a happy holiday season! If you’d like to schedule an appointment to make sure your deck drain is operating as it should and keeping water away from walking areas, feel free to reach out to us.