Winter can bring heavy snow storms here in Maryland, which can pose a threat to our homes, and especially to our decks. If you have a deck on your home and are concerned about how the winter weather can impact it, there are some steps you can take to minimize damage, and some things you should know. Let’s look at some ways to prevent damage to your deck this winter.
Inspecting the Deck
One of the best things homeowners can do to prevent damage to their deck during the winter is carefully inspecting it before bad weather moves in. A careful inspection of the deck before the temperatures turn cold and snow storms start can signal any problem areas for the deck. If you notice weak areas or worn areas having them looked at by a professional can prevent major damage such as a collapse during the winter.
Clearing the Snow
After a snowstorm has come through you can help reduce the risk of a collapse or other damage by removing the snow from the structure as quickly as possible. Snow is heavy and it’s added weight on your deck combined with the excess moisture could spell disaster for your deck. By removing the snow quickly after it falls you’ll be removing that excess moisture and weight, relieving the extra stress on your deck.
Checking for Damage
After you’ve cleared your deck of any snow and ice that may have accumulated on it during a snowstorm, take a few minutes to look over the entire deck and check for damage. Because snow can both cause damage, and make damage worse, it’s important to check for damage after each major snowstorm. Signs of damage may include splintering, broken planks or beams, or areas that appear to be weakened.
If you are concerned about the condition of your deck prior to winter here in Maryland, call us at North American Deck and Patio today. We can fix any areas of concern to help ensure your deck stays in tip top shape throughout the winter. By taking some preventative measures now, and some effort following each storm, you can help ensure your deck lasts many winters to come. We’ve got your needs covered for decking maintenance in Annapolis, MD, call today!