How to Maintain Your Patio & Deck Over the Winter

Table and four chairs on a stone patio.

For Patios:

  1. Clear debris: Remove any leaves, branches, or debris from your patio to prevent stains or damage to the surface.
  2. Sweep or shovel snow: Regularly remove snow from your patio using a broom or shovel. This will help prevent moisture from seeping into the surface and causing cracks or damage.
  3. Use ice melt sparingly: If you need to use ice melt, use it sparingly and avoid products containing harsh chemicals that can damage the surface of your patio.
  4. Cover or store patio furniture: If you have patio furniture, cover it or store it indoors to prevent damage from snow or freezing temperatures.
  5. Check for damage: Regularly inspect your patio for cracks or other damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  6. Consider a protective cover: If you live in an area with harsh winter weather, consider investing in a patio cover to provide additional protection against the elements.

For Decks:

  1. Regular cleaning: Sweep or brush your deck regularly to remove dirt and debris. Wash the surface with a deck cleaner and water at least once a year.
  2. Inspect and repair: Check for any signs of damage, including rot, cracks, or loose boards. Repair any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  3. Apply a protective finish: Apply a protective finish, such as a stain or sealant, to protect the wood from moisture and UV rays.
  4. Keep plants and debris away: Keep plants and debris away from your deck to prevent mold and mildew growth. Trim any nearby vegetation regularly.
  5. Don’t use harsh chemicals: Avoid using bleach, chlorine, or other harsh chemicals on your deck, as they can damage the wood.
  6. Move furniture and objects: Move furniture and objects on your deck regularly to prevent the buildup of moisture and dirt.
  7. Avoid high-pressure washing: Avoid using a high-pressure washer on your deck, as it can damage the wood fibers and make the surface rough. Instead, use a gentle wash and rinse with a garden hose.

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