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Always be prepared! As the trees drop their last leaves, it’s important to clean and protect your deck for the cold winter months. Although, we wish we could sit outside year round, Mother Nature doesn’t agree. We’ve compiled a few tricks that can help your deck survive the harsh ice and snow of the winter.

  1. All Hands on Deck!

Since your outdoor deck is one of the most populated areas during the summer, it is also the top collector of dirt, stains, and mold growth. It’s important to clean the deck thoroughly as mistreatment can cause discoloration as well as exposure to the elements. We recommend using cleaners and deck wash that will help to pull up any unwanted grime. You could also consider stripping and re-applying any sealer or stain used over the summer.


  1. Protect!

For increased and maximum protection, it’s important to apply a water repellent coating to your deck as winter can be extremely damaging. Due to the increase in moisture and condensation, it offers a wide protective coat to keep your deck in tip-top shape.


  1. Fix ‘Er Up!

Fix any loose nails and split wood pieces, as these can be detrimental to the overall health of your deck. We recommend replacing any questionable deck parts that may be even more damaged by winter elements.


All in all, preparing your outdoor living space as the months grow colder means you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns about how to properly winterize your space, don’t hesitate to reach out to our specialists at Detailed Landscape for a throughout checklist of Winterization and Preservation.