When winter is just around the corner, your thoughts are no doubt drawn to cozy evenings spent indoors on the holidays. The last thing on your mind is getting outdoors to winterize your deck. But it won't be long before spring rolls back around and you're ready to make use of your deck once more. That's why deck maintenance now is a wise investment.
By taking action now, you can protect your deck from the impending harsh weather and keep it in pristine condition. And it doesn't have to be a laborious job. With products likeLiquid Rubber Polyurethane Deck Coating, you can make light work of your deck and get total peace of mind that it's sealed and protected against the elements year round.
Discover how to winterize your deck with our deck winterizing guide. By protecting your deck's surface, you can preserve your property for years to come.
The last thing you need when winterizing your deck is to get halfway through the job only to discover a loose board or areas of rotting wood. A thorough inspection before you start will help to prevent these setbacks and ensure you are ready to go.
Like any surface that's going to have a product applied to it, your deck needs to be clean. A clean surface not only helps the product adhere properly but also ensures a smooth finish.
Sweep leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris off your deck. It's always a good idea to keep this debris from building in the corners of your deck as this can cause moisture spots, which in turn could cause wood rot. As well, tannins from rotting vegetation can stain your deck. If branches hang over your deck area, cutting these back can prevent more leaves and debris from falling on your deck over the autumn and winter months.
Clean your deck using a heavy-duty cleaner likeLiquid Rubber Deck & Patio. It uses oxygen action to power through tough stains and mildew and can be used year-round to clean your deck. It's easy to use, too:
A waterproof, protective coating will create a finish that protects your deck against water damage caused by harsh weather during the winter months. Rain, freezing temperatures, and snow can all wreak havoc on your deck. Using a high-quality deck coating likeLiquid Rubber Polyurethane Deck Coating will create a seamless, durable, and waterproof membrane that protects your deck and enhances its appearance.
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Leaving your deck unprotected over winter can lead to a number of problems, which include the following.
Mold causes the deck surface to become slippery and for green and black discoloration to build up. If your deck is moldy before you winterize it, you can useLiquid Rubber Deck & Patio to clean it.
Water absorbed by your deck or allowed to pool on the surface can wash away the natural resins in the wood and cause the surface to crack and splinter. This is bad news for your deck boards and needs to be avoided at all costs. Sitting water can also promote the growth of algae, mildew, and mold.
Sunlight and harmful UV rays can cause damage to timber, causing the wood to fade and become brittle. By winterizing your deck now, you can protect it from the harsh winter conditions and also strong sunlight and UV rays during the summer months.
Taking a few hours to winterize your deck now could pay huge dividends in the future. A deck, when looked after well, should last a lifetime. Proper maintenance will ensure your deck is not only ready for business when the warmer weather comes around but that it stays that way for many years to come.
The Liquid Rubber family of products is ideal for protecting and preserving your deck. Developed with ease of application and durability in mind, Liquid Polyurethane Deck Coating gives you a fully weather-proofed deck. See our product guidelines on our website or watch our instructional video on how to winterize your deck.Our technical support team is also on hand to answer any queries.