Protecting your deck for winter

As the beautiful colors of the tress are coming to their peak we may lose sight on how quick winter can creep up on us .Most homeowners are unaware that winter can wreak havoc on your decking. Just taking these few steps can help keep your deck looking beautiful for next season.

Clean the Deck Thoroughly

Ground-in dirt and barbecue stains can ruin your deck's appearance and ultimately cause degrading of the wood. Exposure to sun can cause wood to turn gray and exposure to moisture can create the perfect conditions for the growth of mold, mildew, moss and algae. All these conditions make it important to clean your deck thoroughly to remove the remnants of summer and get it ready for winter.Use a bleach-free cleaner specifically formulated for wood to restore your deck to its natural beauty without yellowing.

Apply a Protective Finish

After cleaning, it's important to apply a water-repellent finish to protect your deck against the damaging effects of winter. Moisture such as ice, snow, sleet and rain can penetrate an unprotected surface, which can cause splitting, cracking and warping. Fortunately, there's a wide variety of premium exterior wood finishes that offer protection against the elements while giving you the opportunity to achieve any desired look. Using a product like Rust-Oleum Premium Water Sealer. It will protect your deck against the elements for three years.

For product information, visit www.Rustoleum.com.

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