The Winter season can bombard your deck with high levels of moisture from rain, snow, and ice. When that happens, do you know the best way to remove snow and ice from your deck? By using improper methods, you can cause damage to the surface of your deck.
Getting ahead of the winter season
Homeowners want to make sure their decks are safe to use after heavy snow and ice storms. They want to be able to remove ice to safely walk on their decks and shovel the weight of snow to prevent extended exposure to moisture. Snow and ice are also heavy on a deck and the weight of snow and ice could cause a deck to collapse if a deck has not been properly maintained.
To check the basic fitness of your deck, read the North American Deck and Railing Association's Deck Safety Checklist or have an inspection done prior to the winter season.
Do's and don'ts for removing snow and ice from your deck
Because snow and ice are safety hazards, it's essential that you remove snow and ice from heavy traffic areas on your deck even if you have used a high-quality waterproof sealant. So, what is the best way to do so without destroying the beauty of your deck?
- Do shovel parallel to your deck boards. Shoveling across deck boards increase the risk of catching the sides of deck boards and damaging the surface.
- Do research what ice melt product will work best for your deck. Make sure that the ice melt products that you buy are safe for wood decking. If you have fur babies that have to walk across the deck in the winter make sure you purchase a product safe for them. If you choose a salt-based product, be sure to rinse the excess away once the ice melts to prevent damage to fasteners and hardware.
- Don’t use a metal shovel. By using a metal shovel, you can scratch and dent your deck. Instead, use a plastic or rubber shovel. If you don’t have a plastic or rubber shovel when shoveling, leave a thin layer of snow on the deck that can be swept off later with a broom.
- Don’t break ice up on your deck. Banging on the ice can leave indentations on your deck.
- Don’t use sand as an alternative to prevent slipping as sand is abrasive and can cause scratches on your deck.
- Don’t be tempted to treat snow/ice with salt as this too can lead to damage to the finish on the deck.
Learn from experience with these do's and don'ts to protect your deck and keep it looking its best for years to come.
For more information on how to preserve the beauty of your wood deck, check out our cleaning and maintenance tips at this link.
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