Enjoying watching those leaves change from the deck or any other part of your Andover, MN home? What a great way to mark a new season, but don’t forget to winterize your favorite outdoor space. Warm weather activities like family barbecues, constant foot traffic and the blazing summer sun can take a toll on an outside area. Think about winterizing the deck before the chill sets in. By cleaning and protecting this area before it gets too cold, you will preserve its strength and beauty. Let the New Creations Handyman experts help you prep this important area for colder temperatures.
So what will our professional handymen do for you?
Scrub Away Ground in Dirt
A summer of barbecues can leave a deck looking grungy and even old. The New Creations Handyman begins deck care by removing mold, mildew and food stains. By cleaning the deck thoroughly, the wood is prepared for a fresh, new protective coating.
Apply the Protective Finish
Once the cleaning is complete, a water-repellent finish is applied to protect the deck from damaging winter conditions. Icy rain, sleet and snow can damage unprotected surfaces—that can lead to cracking and warping. From a clear water repellent to paint, there are a number of options to choose from. This step in winterizing the deck is crucial. Good stain coverage can provide up to ten years of protection.
If you plan to use your deck during the winter months, invest in a plastic snow shovel. Plastic shovels will remove the snow without damaging the wood. Steel shovels can get caught in the wooden boards. Another bit of advice to remember for winter deck care is to not use salt on the wood. It can leave a damaging residue and diminish the protective coating.
If you live in Andover, MN or surrounding areas, let our handymen help you prep for winter. The New Creations Handyman is a skilled, professional handyman who knows how to winterize decks and porches and complete any other exterior home maintenance or repairs for you – no matter how large or small. Call us at (763) 302-9129 or fill out the Contact Form on our website and someone will contact you shortly. Our offices are located at 2360 148th Avenue Ne in Ham Lake MN 55304.