We know, we know. Summer has been flung out the window and the winter holidays are steadily on their way, but don’t throw out that outdoor to-do list just yet. Taking just a few hours this weekend to winterize your deck can help add years to your deck life by protecting it from the harsh winter elements.
It’s easy — in just 4 steps you can protect your deck for winter. Check out our image below for a quick how-to. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this page for a coupon for $5 off every gallon of Sikkens winterizing products.
Step 1: Sweep your deck. Just sweeping off debris is HUGE for protecting your deck since it decreases fester-grounds for mold and mildew to form. So if you can only complete one step, let it be this one.
Step 2: Wash your deck. Don’t worry about renting a pressure washer, because a standard garden hose will do the trick. (Plus pressure washers, on the wrong setting, can easily damage your deck’s surface). If you have a little extra time, you can also use a non-ferrous brush and a mild detergent to scrub away any existing mold, mildew or rust. There are some detergents out there specifically made for this.
Step 3: OPTIONAL. If your deck has seen better days, then now is a great time to strip your deck of its existing stain. Check out this awesome how-to article on how to scrape and restain your deck.
Step 4: Apply a sealant to protect your wood from the elements. We recommend Sikkens Waterborne SRD.
That’s it! Need a little extra incentive to protect your deck this winter? Here is a coupon for $5 off every gallon of Sikkens deck protection supplies. Just print it off and bring it to your local Jones Paint & Glass.