dreamstime_xxl_23083276Living in Colorado, we’re sure you spend plenty of time out on your deck. Whether you enjoy grilling out with family and friends or enjoy watching the sun dip over the horizon while sipping on your favorite wine in good company, doing both of these activities out on your deck are not only relaxing but are what make your home feel like just that, home.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you love winter or not; it’s coming. Winter is well on its way and although we haven’t seen much snow, it’s in the forecast. So, what does this mean for you? It’s time to get your last few days of enjoyment out of your deck because snow will be here before you know it.

Keep Your Deck Ready

If you’ve lived in Thornton for a while, you probably already have a deck drain installed. If you don’t, it may be time for you to get one. Why? Deck drains will give you more living space to enjoy no matter what the season. While your deck is packed with snow on the upper level, you could be enjoying a nice and cozy evening by a warm fire pit underneath it; only if you have a deck drain installed that is. However, if you’d like to keep your deck up top usable throughout the winter, it’s vital you keep it protected for all-around use. Here’s how to do so:

6 Ways To Enhance Deck Protection

  1. Keep it clean. Always keep your deck clean. If you decorate your deck in the summer, be sure you remove old planters before the snow arrives. If you leave them on your deck, the moisture from snow can build up on the bottom of the planters and could end up leaching into the deck leaving behind damaged wood in the process. Clear away the clutter and sweep off the debris.
  2. Scrub it down. Before the snow comes, scrub down your deck. This may sound silly to some, but if you keep your deck free of debris, you’ll be less likely to have to deal with damages once the snow melts off. Debris, when wet, can start to rot through your deck, causing deterioration that’s irreversible.
  3. ba-gallery_new1aRemove mildew and mold buildup. Older decks tend to have mildew and mold buildup present on the surface or underside of the deck, especially if there hasn’t been a proper way for your deck to drain. In order to prevent this in the future, call Colorado Deck Drain Experts in Thornton to have a high-quality deck drain installed on your deck. Otherwise, during the winter, you’ll be scrubbing off mildew and mold each year. Prevent mildew and mold buildup with our experts.
  4. Apply a water sealant. Whether or not Thornton will get pounded with snow is hit or miss, but you’ll always want to stay prepared. Each winter you should take care of your deck by applying a water repellent seal on the wood. Using a high-quality sealant will keep your deck looking sharp and protect it throughout the harshest and most water-filled months of the year. A water repellant seal will fill the cracks in your deck and coat it like a shield from ice and any moisture. When spring comes, your deck will look great and ready for warmth. Did we mention it’ll be damage free?
  5. Cover it with a tarp. In some circumstances, it may be in your best interest to cover your deck with a tarp. If you’re not planning on using your deck at all this winter, not even for a winter barbecue session, this may not be a bad idea. A tarp will add a valuable barrier to the surface of your deck, keeping out any moisture and ice formation from the wrath of winter.
  6. Remove snow. If you think you only need to shovel your driveway and walkways, you’re wrong! If you have a deck, you’ll want to shovel the snow off of that too. Snow accumulation on top of your deck can ruin it. Additionally, contrary to popular belief,  it’s crucial you leave ice melting products and salt away from your deck. If you decide to use them against our advice, you’ll most likely see discoloration or damage to the finish of your deck come spring.

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Your deck should be your home away from home, an oasis you can enjoy with family and friends. It’s necessary you keep your deck fully protected from the elements this winter to keep it happy and ready for you come spring. If you’d like to give your deck the best chance of staying ready for snow, call Thornton’s leading deck drain experts at Colorado Deck Drain Experts.