Winter Deck Preparation Tips

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

How does cold weather affect the stain on your deck? Can cold weather affect a wooden deck? We all know that sunlight can age it but this winter’s freezing temperatures can also damage the health of your deck.

Cold temperatures cause your deck to weather, weaken and warp. San Antonio winters may be mild, but we do typically experience freezing weather and on extra rare occasions, snow. When this happens, the wood underneath ice (or snow) can be damaged. Your splintered, cracking wooden panels on your deck will not thrive in freezing temperatures and need protection.

Benefits of Staining

Deck and Wood Staining have many benefits. It will not only increase the lifespan of your deck, but it will prevent rotting, reduce UV damage and improve the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat. Sealing your deck is key to surviving the cold.

Every year homeowners will spend hundreds of dollars to fix the damage that the freezing temperatures did to their deck. Taking care of your deck by staining it will protect it from the cold weather and make it possible for you to keep using your deck in the Spring.

Deck Staining

Staining your deck will protect it from the low temperatures and weather year-round. To keep your deck protected you should use a water-repellent finish every few years. However, if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, low temperatures can harm the process. Low temperatures will lengthen the drying time, so plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck. Deck staining is needed for your deck to survive the winter temperatures. It is important to stain your deck before the cooler temperatures arrive!

Wooden Staining

As temperatures rise and drop, the wood on your deck will expand and contract. This movement will weaken the wood and can cause your deck to warp. Winter ice and moisture that collects and melts into the wooden panels and makes them weak. The moisture buildup inside of the wood will cause rot, which is very costly to fix. The cooler temperatures cause the wood to crack, and in some cases, fall through. Wooden staining is going to add a protective layer to strengthen the panels. This protective coat makes your deck more durable and strong to fight the cold.

Even if your deck has aged and been damaged by the cold temperatures, Texas Professional Painting can restore and stain it. Our deck rehabilitation services will have yours looking brand new! Contact us today to bring your deck back to life.

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