Even when you’re a winter wonderland fan, you can’t deny that the season brings some of the harshest weather conditions around. In fact, it’s not unheard of for homeowners to need hail storm damage restoration during the colder months. Given the beating it’s going to get once winter sets in, your home needs to be prepared, starting with exterior components like the deck.
Here’s what you can do:
Give Your Deck a Thorough Clean
Depending on how dirty your deck is, you can use specialized deck cleaning products or a pressure washer to quickly remove dirt and get stains out. Pressure washers can splinter wood and scar the boards, so be mindful of how much pressure you’re using. Before getting started, however, give your deck a good sweep to remove as much debris as you can.
Strip the Finish
Faded and deteriorated patches will have to be stripped after cleaning your deck and letting it dry for about 24 hours. This is an important step because it will ensure your sealant adheres as it should. Not sure how to do this? You can ask an exterior remodeling contractor for assistance.
Apply Water-Repellant Sealant
The water-repellent sealant will protect your deck from ice, snow, sleet and rain, prolonged exposure from which rotting and decay can develop from. Make sure your sealant is designed for your specific decking material.
Consider Wood Decking Alternatives
If you want to lessen the deck-related maintenance tasks you have to do before winter, consider getting a wood decking alternative like TimberTech. Designed to be easy to care for, it will maintain its color and beauty for years without sealing, staining or painting. It also resists warping, mildew and insect activity, letting you avoid replacing damaged boards. Looking to sell down the line? TimberTech products also come with transferable warranties.
At Timberland Exteriors, we believe in never compromising and never cutting corners in our work, allowing us to provide you with only the best solutions around, whether you’re considering TimberTech or need residential roofing service. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (651) 439-1760 or fill out our contact form. Ask us for a free estimate today! We serve Detroit Lakes, MN, and the surrounding communities in Minnesota.