“Taking the proper precautions now will save you from paying once March and April arrive,” Knight said. “In these tough times, it's more important than ever to take all the steps you can to protect what you have.”
Knight said there are several simple steps one can take to make sure their deck or patio makes it through the colder months. The first one is to just give it a thorough cleaning. “Remove all the fungus, dirt, mildew, algae and anything else that accumulated during the spring and summer,” Knight said. “There are many formulated deck cleaners out there that can remove the dirt before you take any other steps.”
After cleaning off the dirt, the next step to take is to strip away finish that deteriorated. “You can find several products out there that can remove oil and latex paints,” Knight said. “You can also find products to remove semi-transparent stains and clear finishes that may need to be removed. Be sure to replace the finish that was removed, so the wood is protected and the wood on your patio and deck remains looking great.”
The last step one should take is to seal the deck or patio with a water repellant. Knight said this will help to withstand all the moisture, snow and ice that will accumulate throughout winter. “By not sealing your patio or deck, your opening the wood surface to become cracked and warped,” Knight said.
Knight added that although this procedure might take a bit of time, and may cost a little bit to get the needed products, it's worth it in the end.
“By taking these precautions, you ensure your deck and/or patio will look great for a long time coming,” Knight said.
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