3 Easy Tips To Protect Your Northern Virginia Deck This Winter

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Real Estate Agent with The Kathy O'Neal Team - RE/MAX Premier
Northern Virginia residents - barbecue season is all but over, and you won't be spending as much time out on the deck.  Don't let it get you down, though.  Spring will be here before you know it.  There are a lot of things that can wear down and damage your deck, so protect your deck and make sure it stays in tip top shape over the winter.

3 Easy Tips To Protect Your Deck This Winter

Cover The Furniture

You want your deck to look as good in the spring as it does now.  The first step is to cover all the furniture (don't forget the grill!).  Cover everything with commercial furniture covers or just use a tarp.  Be sure that the covers fit snuggly.

They won't do any good if they're blowing through the neighbor's yard.  If you've got the space, make room in the garage for the deck chairs and table.  They'll last longer if you store them indoors for the winter.

Give It One More Good Cleaning

Dirt and dust can get trapped in the wood over the course of the summer, not to mention dog slobber or barbecue sauce.  If you let these things stain your deck all winter, it will be a pain in your neck to get them out in the spring.  Make sure to give your deck a thorough cleaning before it gets too cold.

You can use a pressure washer to spray away all the dirt.  However, be careful not to splinter your wood, as pressure washers are powerful.  Another option is to scrub the deck down with a brush.

There are several commercial cleaners to choose from, but don't get one with bleach.  You don't want your wood to fade.  If this sounds like too much work, consider hiring someone to give your deck a professional cleaning.

Moisture Is The Enemy

Rain, sleet, and snow will seep into the cracks of your deck all winter.  They can cause discolor, warping, and even cracking.  Now is the perfect time to use a waterproof finish to seal all the little cracks in your deck and keep out the moisture all winter.  There are a wide variety of finishes to choose from.  Choose a darker or lighter finish to give your deck a new look.

We're leaving behind the days of barbecues and swimming pools, and replacing them with wool socks and fireplaces.  Over the winter you can't give your deck as much attention, but you can make sure it stays healthy and strong until spring.  A good deep cleaning and a fresh new finish are your keys to avoiding cracking, warping, fading, and mold.  Put in the time now, and you'll extend your deck's life by years.

If you are considering a move please keep in mind The Kathy O'Neal Team.  We are here to serve home buyers and home sellers!

[The Kathy O'Neal Team serves home buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia, with special focus on Chantilly, Centreville, and the communities of Western Fairfax region.]
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Personally, I've found that having composite decking at my home versus pressure treated wood is a great benefit.  However, it still is very important to remove debris and scrub it regularly!

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Hi Andrew,

Very true...thanks for your comment, and best to you!

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