How to Prepare Your Deck for Autumn

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Fall will be here before we know it, but the colder weather and chilly air does not necessarily mean you have to pack it up and start spending time inside. You can utilize your outdoor space, even during the autumn when the temperatures start to cool off. There isn’t any reason why you can’t use your deck way into the winter. There are a few different methods for preparing your home’s deck for the upcoming autumn weather. Read on for a few tips to get the most out of your deck this autumn!

How Do You Wish to Use Your Home’s Deck?

The first thing you should consider when thinking about your deck for autumn is how you wish to use your outdoor area. Are you interested in enjoying a hot coffee cup on a cold morning? Perhaps consider investing in some heaters or a few comfortable outdoor chairs and blankets. If you don’t plan on using your deck during the fall, shut down your space a few weeks before winter then.

Preparation is Crucial

Once you decide how you wish to use your outdoor deck, you have to start thinking about how to prepare your deck. If you have a composite deck on your property, the blend of plastic and recycled wood means you won’t have to worry a lot about maintenance. Whether you have a wooden deck or not, make sure you inspect its hardware and make sure to replace bolts or other parts that might be damaged. Make sure to look out for sections of the deck where the stain or paint is not holding up if you own a deck that has been stained or painted. Make sure to coat it with a water-repellent sealer too. Better yet, invest in a sealer that doesn’t have to be reapplied annually.

Cleaning Your Deck Up

Before it begins to get even more cold, clear your deck of leaves or other debris that could be leftover from the summertime. By keeping your home’s deck cleared, you ensure that it looks sharp throughout the season but also that it is simple to make ready for next summer season. If the longer months of winter where you live are brutal, make sure to check up on any pipes around your deck. Make sure that they’re clean and empty, as you won’t want them to freeze or create any problems for your home as it starts to grow colder. Never ever use a power washer to clean a wood deck either, since it will ruin its overall finish. Clear the wood just enough to remove any gray surface wood, dirt, algae, or fungus.

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