Repairing a Weather Damaged Deck
If you’re like most people, your deck is an important part of your outdoor living space. It’s where you barbecue, hang out, and entertain, and you use it so much it’s really just an extension of your home. It’s easy to take your deck for granted, and you may not even think about how much you use it until something happens to it. Fortunately, if the weather has damaged your deck, you can probably repair it fairly easily.
- Prevention is the best cure. Wooden decks are at risk for weather damage, so before bad weather hits, it’s smart to treat your deck with a sealant. If it’s already damaged, though, you’ll have to fix the problem before you can protect against future damage. ‘
- Winter weather can be brutal. Particularly if snow has accumulated for a long period of time, your deck may have taken a beating. Wait to deal with the damage until the snow has officially gone for the season.
- During the winter, be proactive. Use a plastic shovel to clear snow and ice from your deck to prevent damage. Do this as soon as you can, so that the wood does not begin to warp from the moisture. Don’t use salt or chemical products to clear the ice and snow, because those products can weaken the deck.
- Remove any mildew that has developed during the winter. The easiest way to do this is to clean it with water, bleach, and soap, applying the solution to your deck and letting it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it with water. For this solution, you’ll use a ratio of ¼ cup ammonia-free liquid dish soap to 2 quarts of household bleach and 2 gallons of warm water. If necessary, scrub troublesome areas after the solution has been allowed to sit.
- Prevent future problems by sealing your deck. This is the best way to prevent mold and mildew and keep your deck in good condition. Sweep your deck or use a pressure washer, and then use a roller to apply sealant to the entire deck, then allowing it to dry completely.
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