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How to Winterize Your Deck

Deck Safety | December 9, 2021

As temperatures start to drop and autumn transitions into winter, your deck surfaces and railing systems will be exposed to harsh weather conditions. While most of our aluminum and glass railing products are designed to withstand these demanding conditions, this does not mean that every area of your deck will be as resilient. As leading providers of high-quality railing products for homes of all sizes and layouts, the team at Vista Railing Systems understands the importance of preventative maintenance for decks and patios. That is why our team has compiled some information to help you understand how to winterize your deck and keep it in great condition until spring.

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3 Steps to Winterize Your Deck

Most decks need to be winterized regardless of your plans for winter. Whether you plan on using heaters to keep your deck comfortable during winter or intend to cover everything until spring arrives, there are several important steps to complete. To ensure that every part of your deck is ready for winter, be sure to perform the following steps:

1. Inspect Key Elements

Deck boards and railing systems are the two most vital elements of your deck. The framing of a deck structure might even be more important because if it is in bad shape, the whole structure is in danger. Be sure to check the condition of boards, railing systems/glass panels, handrails, and gates. This quick inspection will alert you of any loose screws, rotting boards, or damaged railing elements. Freezing winter temperatures, snow, ice, and excessive rain can make these issues worse, so it is important to repair them as soon as possible once they are discovered.

2. Clean and Repair

After inspecting your deck, it is important to take some time to thoroughly clean it. Sweep off any accumulated debris such as dirt or leaves and wash all surfaces with mild soap and water. Cleaning your deck may expose certain issues or instances of damage that were not visible upon your initial inspection. Once all signs of damage have been exposed, perform any required repairs or maintenance. This will help to minimize further damage while allowing your deck to be in the best possible condition for harsh winter weather.

3. Protect Exposed Surfaces

If you need to replace any wood deck boards, be sure to stain them or apply a clear coat to ensure that they are sufficiently protected against moisture. Once this is complete, cover any furniture or other delicate surfaces to keep snow and ice off them. If possible, this furniture should be moved indoors or into a storage area until it is ready for use again.

To learn more about winterizing your deck or to inquire about our railing products, get in touch with the team at Vista Railing Systems. We can be reached by call or text at 1-800-667-8247 and will work with you to determine the perfect solution for your needs.