Between harsh winds and frequent blizzards, winters can take a toll on the exterior of your home, which includes your deck. Snow can cause the wood on your deck to prematurely wear out if it isn’t properly prepared. Additionally, in the springtime, snow and mildew can develop due to melting snow. As a homeowner, it’s essential to know how to combat these natural forces. Knowing how to prepare your deck for the winter will save you from facing several costly repairs.


Repair all signs of damage before the snow falls | Taking care of any mold or mildew you see before the snow falls can help make sure the damage doesn’t get worse when the winter snow melts in the springtime. Be sure to also pay close attention to the joints and crevices in your deck. Small areas are prone to rot and deterioration.


Keep an eye out for wobbly railings | Test out your deck’s railings by attempting to wiggle them around. If your railings wobble from your test, repair them with nails and screws before winter arrives. Fixing a broken-down railing will prevent it from getting worse during the winter.


Clean your deck of dirt and debris | Remove any marks or stains that may have developed on your deck over the summer months, so they don’t get a chance to set in permanently. It’s also a good idea to remove any furniture you have on your deck, such as benches and chairs, to prevent them from getting damaged.


Seal your deck | Heavy, wet snow can ruin the foundation of your deck. In order to avoid extensive damage from occurring, it’s important that you seal your deck. Sealing your wood deck lengthens its lifespan while also giving it a fresh, new look.


Remember to clear snow from your deck | When winter arrives, and snow begins to fall, it’s important to maintain your deck throughout the season. Remembering to clear snow and ice from your deck will keep it from piling up and weighing down the foundation. Remember to avoid using salt or other ice removal products, as they will damage the surface of your deck.



Decks are a fun and special part of your home. Taking proper care of your deck will maximize its lifespan and cut down on costly repairs. For any of your deck repair, maintenance, and replacement needs, contact Intelligent Design Corp at 763-315-0745 today. Our team of professional and experienced contractors is ready to help.