Winter is here and with it comes the snow, sleet, ice, and rain, as we all can see. One thing that is extremely important to do to prepare for this time is to winterize your outdoor living spaces. Every aspect of an outdoor living area should be considered and dealt with. In case you aren’t sure what all you need to do to prepare for the cold winter weather, we have a few tips for you concerning different things you may have in your outdoor living area.
- Clean your deck thoroughly with a bleach-free cleaner that is specifically made for wood to restore the natural look of the wood without ruining it.
- Be sure to look over the entire deck for any loose screws or boards or nails that are sticking out and fix them to avoid major repairs in the future.
- If your deck is stained or painted and it is fading or coming off, you might consider stripping it off at this time to avoid further damage.
- Check to see if you need to apply a water-repellent seal by spraying the deck completely with water and checking to see if water beads up and pools or soaks into the deck. If water is soaking in rather than pooling up, it is a good idea to apply a weather-resistant seal.
- Apply a water-repellent finish, if necessary, to protect against splitting, cracking, and warping caused by snow, sleet, ice, and rain. You can choose from many weather-resistant products, most of which can protect your deck for a few years.
OUTDOOR KITCHENS AND FIRE PITS
- Clean out ashes, debris and remaining firewood from fire pit and cover for the winter with a fitted weather resistant cover made specifically for your fire pit. This will help keep out all the moisture that can damage it.
- Turn off all water sources to outdoor kitchens and drain water lines – refrigerators, sinks, etc.
- Bring all outdoor furniture inside! Even putting everything away in a shed will help protect it from the elements, giving it a much longer life span.