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In this article, you’ll find three winter deck protection tips to keep your outdoor living space looking great for years to come.
During warmer seasons, there are so many ways to enjoy a deck – hosting backyard BBQs, reading a book while getting some sun, lounging with the family, the list goes on. But for homeowners who live in colder climates, that fun comes to a screeching halt each winter. From December through March (or longer depending on where you live), winter conditions like snow, sleet, and ice send people fleeing indoors.
Nasty winter weather doesn’t just ruin the fun, it can also cause a lot of damage to your deck. Now, if you have a TimberTech® deck, a little snow and moisture isn’t that big of a deal, as our boards are significantly more durable and require much less maintenance than their wood counterparts. Even still, it’s not a bad idea to take some extra precautions this year and follow these winter deck protection tips.
Thanks to the moisture-resistant technology in the caps of our TimberTech AZEK®, PRO™, and EDGE™ decking lines, it’s fairly safe to let snow pile up on your deck over the winter. But if you want to still be able to use the door attached to your deck as an entrance, you’ll probably want to clear a path.
The best way to remove snow from your TimberTech deck is with a plastic snow shovel. Avoid using metal shovels or plastic shovels with metal edges as these can damage the surface of the boards.
During the winter, outdoor walkways and surfaces are susceptible to ice and can become slippery to walk on. To prevent your deck from becoming a skating rink this winter, stick to calcium chloride products to melt and remove ice.
While there are other ways to remove ice from surfaces, you should avoid using the following methods on your TimberTech deck:
As soon as the weather is warm enough and all the snow and ice has melted away, give your deck a thorough cleaning to remove any residual rock salt.
Don’t worry, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you clean your TimberTech deck.
*Only use the power washer to rinse your deck with a maximum pressure of 1,500 psi. Make sure to use a fan-tip nozzle and spray in the direction of the grain pattern – not across it.