How to protect your deck this winter

There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping out onto your deck after a chilly winter into the warm radiance of spring. Unfortunately, those harsh colder conditions can wreak havoc on the state of your deck, if left untreated or properly cared for. 

If you haven’t maintained or treated your deck in preparation for winter, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn how to protect your deck this winter. 

 

Inspect and repair

Start by carrying out a thorough check of your deck by looking out for any cracks, loose boards, or protruding nails. When left unresolved, these damages can lead to further structural issues – resulting in more greater costs down the track

If you need new timber, give Narangba Timbers a call on (07) 3888 1293! Our friendly staff are ‘decksperts’ when it comes to keeping your deck in tip-top shape.

 

Keep your deck clean

Is your deck littered with fallen flowers and leaves? They may look harmless, but over time they become a hotbed for mould, mildew, moss, and algae. If left for too long, this debris can cause damage to your deck, posing a risk to structural integrity.

Similarly, pot plants or furniture on your deck may also lead to structural damage – potentially leaching moisture, resulting in wood rot and discoloration.

To protect your deck this winter, simply sweep up and dispose of any loose debris and store any furniture or pot plants under your deck or in the garage.

 

Remove any mould or mildew

If your deck is housing mould and mildew, now’s the time to treat it, before it causes any deeper damage. Mix detergent and water in a bucket – it’s a simple and effective cleaning solution that removes mould or mildew. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer’s or supplier’s recommendations for your finish.

Apply the mixture to your deck’s surface with a garden sprayer, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Once the solution has settled, use a scrubbing brush or stiff broom to remove the mould.

For particularly stubborn mould, you may need to apply a remover, which might take a few applications before you can fully banish the mould.


Stain the surface

A protective stain or sealant will provide a great barrier against the harsh conditions of winter. A stain protectant can also help protect your deck from splitting, cracking, and warping.

Before you apply timber oil to your deck, remove any old finishes with a stripping solution, and paint scraper. This will give you a brand new surface to work on. 

Sealing your deck is a must for those looking to prolong the life and look of their deck. Every 2-3 years, inspect the integrity of your deck and look out for any cracks, rot, or splintering. This is a sign that it’s due for updated sealing. 

Cover it with a tarp

No matter what measures you’ve taken to protect your deck during winter, your deck can still suffer from the elements. Keep your timber deck in prime condition by covering it with a tarp during particularly poor weather. 

This extra coverage will provide a barrier between the timber and any moisture or debris – both of which are bad news for your beloved deck!

To learn how to protect your timber decking this winter, call Narangba Timbers today: (07) 3888 1293.

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