With Winter rain and snow already appearing on your weather report, it can be tempting to put your deck repairs at the end of your to-do list. However, the dropping temperatures shouldn’t be a reason for you to let your deck continue to rot, wear, warp, or worse, become unsafe. Don’t wait until spring to take a good look at your deck and the maintenance it may need. Deck repairs can be done all year round and Winter is a great time to take advantage of getting this smaller project done for your home.
There are also plenty of things you can do during the winter months to prepare to have your deck repaired. Having your deck repaired now will make it is safe and ready to use as soon as the clouds clear and the weather warms up.
1. Preventative Care
With winter ice and low temperatures, it is not possible to do certain preventative care measures. Power washing is an important part of deck maintenance, but can’t be done in snowy or rainy weather. Make sure you schedule that much before the days start to cool.
There are still lots of important preventative measures you can take with your deck during the winter months, though. As long as snow and moisture have not started to stick, you can have your deck stained or sealed. This will make sure that your deck’s materials are prepared for when the moisture does come. Staining or sealing your deck is a great way to help your investment last as long as possible, and help you to do less maintenance in the future.
2. Wood replacement
Even in colder weather, replacing the wood of your deck is easy for us to do. You can have pieces of your deck swapped out, giving you a new-deck feel that will be perfect for the spring and summer seasons to come. While chips and warping of the wood contribute to a less-attractive deck, you also want to make sure you are looking out for dry rot in the boards.
If there are areas of your deck that are discolored, spongy, or look like they have been damaged by insects, these are all signs of rot. If you notice any of these, have a professional out right away. Rot in decks can quickly spread and make your deck unsafe for use.
3. Railing Repair
Sometimes railing repair is as simple as a couple of new screws. Sometimes it’s a matter of combating rot and mold. Whatever the situation is, you can get railing repairs done during the winter as well. A good railing is essential to making sure your deck is safe in slick and icy environments, so this is not a repair that you want to delay.
4. Rusting Fixtures
If you have fixtures or screws that are rusting, the moisture of winter can just make a bad problem a lot worse. If you have rusting hardware, have it swapped out as soon as possible.
Not only will your deck look better, but it will also be safer. Don’t wait for the damage to get worse. Deck collapses, while rare, do happen. Since deck repairs can be done all year round, it is much easier for you to protect both your loved ones and your beautiful deck for many years to come.
Have your deck repaired this Winter so it’s ready for the warm weather in Spring! Contact us to get your free quote for your deck.