While the temperatures may still be mild right now, winter weather will be here before we know it. This means maintenance around your home’s exterior. If you have a composite deck, you’re in luck as it requires less maintenance than a wood deck. But there are still things you should do to protect your investment during the harsh winter weather.
Now is a good time to give your deck a pre-winter cleaning. Sweep away any dirt and debris. Next, use a power washer and mild soap to gently remove dirt and debris. Check the manufacturer recommendations for the maximum pressure suggested for your composite deck.
When your deck gets a coating of snow or ice, it’s important to remove it as soon as possible to prevent damage. You should avoid using sand or any tools with sharp edges to remove snow and ice as these can scratch and damage your deck. For small amounts of snow, you can use a broom to sweep it off. For deeper snow, use a plastic shovel and shovel parallel to the deck boards to remove it.
For ice, use an ice melt product, such as rock salt or calcium chloride, to clear it off. Look for one that is labeled as safe for children, animals, and vegetation. Don’t use any product that contains colorants that could stain your deck. Some ice melt products may leave a white residue. Once the ice and snow has melted and the temperatures have warmed up, wash your deck with soap and water to remove this residue along with any remaining chemicals, dirt, and debris.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your deck is ready to enjoy and looking great when spring arrives.