Your deck is an important part of your home, adding beauty and function while increasing its value. During warmer months, it’s a gathering spot for family and friends alike. But as summer turns to fall, winter can’t be far behind. Take the following steps now to prep your deck so it makes it through the winter unscathed and you don’t have any unpleasant surprises next spring.
Sweep and clear away any debris to help prevent the growth of mildew and algae. Rinse your deck with a hose to clear away even more dirt and stains, and follow up by scrubbing with a non-metal brush (like the type you’d use to wash your car) and deck cleaner.
Check the finish
If you have finish that is wearing away, strip it and apply a new coat of water-repellant finish. This will help protect your deck from the sleet, snow, and ice of winter, which could cause the wood to warp or crack.
Inspect your deck
Talk a thorough look at all parts of your deck, moving planters, grills, and other items that should be stored away during the winter. Check to make sure that your deck’s steps and handrails are safe and secure. Also look for loose or cracked boards, nails that have popped up, loose screws, or other issues that can be easily addressed before winter. This helps ensure that they’re not forgotten, causing a hazard or larger repair issue in the spring.
For more information about how to prep your deck for winter or having a new one added to your home, contact Woodscape Construction. We’re licensed to work in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and we have an experienced team of professional carpenters and woodscape designers who will help make your dreams a reality!
A long winter can be hard on you, and even tougher on your deck. This year, follow these tips to clean your deck after the winter and have it looking as good as new.
During the cold weather, your deck is exposed to a variety of damaging conditions. Ice, sleet, and snow can cause wear. To minimize this damage, you should follow these steps to thoroughly clean it when the winter has passed.
Clear the area of any furniture and accessories. If you have any plants on the ground surrounding it, you should cover them with a plastic sheet. this will protect them from any debris that may fall on them. Take a broom and sweep off any dirt and debris that has accumulated, removing any large items by hand. Be sure to check in between the boards and remove anything that has accumulated with something narrow, such as the end of a hoe.
2. Rinse the Area
If you have access to a power-washer, rinse all of the grime off the surface. Start at one end, and work your way to the other as you spray. Keep the nozzle far enough from the surface that the spray doesn't damage it. Spray between the boards to clean any remaining debris. If you do not have a power-washer, you can use a hose with a good nozzle.
3. Clean It
Starting at one end, use a commercial cleaner with a stiff-bristled brush to clean the area. When you reach the end, rinse the entire space with a hose. To remove any algae that may have grown during the winter, make a bleach solution of one part bleach and four parts water. Pour it over the affected area and allow it to sit 15 minutes before scrubbing it and rinsing it.
4. Sealing the Wood
After the wood has completely dried, you can seal it. Use a sealant of your choice, taking into consideration the climate. Follow the instructions of the sealant and your deck will be prepared for anything.
Cleaning your deck properly after winter can prevent damage, and keep it looking good. Just a simple cleaning can make a big difference.
Improving and renovating your home can be quite costly, so being tempted to go with the lowest bidder for your construction is normal. However, that bid may not be made by an accredited, licensed, professional contractor and there are many things to be aware of before making your decision. Risking possible financial and safety issues certainly outweigh the benefits a low bid may seem to offer.
Most areas require a license in order to perform construction on residential homes. To obtain this license, there are fees, testing, and insurance requirements. This license is basically meant to assure any structures built are safe and comply with building codes. In fact, if a deck is built without this permit and the homeowner decides to later sell their home, big problems can occur, including that the homes value can decrease.
Making sure that your contractor is licensed not only protects them, but you as well. Liability insurance will cover any damage or accidents by the contractor and covers products and workmanship after the project is completed. Hiring a company without this, means that you are responsible for any of this damage. You would also be responsible for any costs related to injuries on the work site.
Hiring a licensed, professional deck builder is beneficial in the present and long run. Woodscape Construction specializes in and are experts with deck building. We are a class A licensed deck builder that has been serving the DC metro-area for over a decade. We are up to date on the latest code requirements and hold a full range of general liability and workmen’s comp insurance.
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We built this deck and screened porch in Fall Church Virginia. The old deck was built by a previous homeowner on weekends and was in very bad shape.
Our project was the start of a rear yard makeover. The screened porch gave the homeowners that covered area they were looking and by using Trex Transcend decking and railing their new area will not require much maintenance.
Thinking about hosting the next big sporting event at your house? Afraid your deck won't hold the guests you want to invite? For a fair amount of our projects, we are often called to add to or replace old decking. We built this deck in Leesburg, Virginia. The left side of the deck was existing but the area was crowded and not good for entertaining. The new area we built more than doubled the size of the deck and fits the house much better.
The Northern Virginia area seems to make people move around a lot. This was the second deck we built for this customer, who had moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, just outside of Leesburg. Their previous deck was low maintenance and so was this one. We used the Trex transcend railing with the Fiberon Horizons Ipe color decking. It came out great and remained within their budget!
We built this outdoor living space in Ashburn Virginia. We used Timbertech decking and the Trex Transcend railing. The deck with the landscaping and patio look beautiful.
We built this open porch for a repeat customer in Leesburg Virginia. The porch was added to offer protection from the sun and in preparation for a future pool and patio. The roof support posts and trim are low maintenance PVC and the extended soffit offers a covered area for grilling.
We completed this project for a repeat customer in the Brambleton community of Loudoun County Virginia. We first installed the flagstone patio, stepper walkway and spiral stairs. Later they called us back to replace their wood decking with low maintenance Azek decking. At that time we installed the Trex Rain Escape under deck drainage system with a PVC beaded ceiling including a ceiling fan and recessed lighting. The support posts and deck band were wrapped with PVC. The installation of the hot tub included a garden stepper walkway.