When the inevitable winter storms come through, they can pile up a lot of snow and ice on your deck in a relatively short period of time. This snow and ice and pose problems for your deck, so it’s ideal to remove them. Sadly, improper removal techniques can do a real number on your deck, whether its wood or composite. Wood, however, usually sees the worst of it. Here are some tips on ways to safely remove snow and ice from your deck.
Does That Snow Really Need Removing?
The old adage is that you need to remove snow and ice from your deck so that moisture doesn’t cause damage or your deck doesn’t collapse under the weight of the snow and ice. The reality is that, if you are using a high-quality waterproof sealant on your deck, it should do a fine job of prevent against moisture damage from snow and ice. Also, if your deck is well-built, it should be able to handle up to about three feet of snow. It’s not often we get that much snow at once, so the urgent need to remove snow can usually be spread out across a few days. Of course, you could always let the sun do some melting for you, too. Still, you can still slip and fall on even the slightest amount of ice. So you’ll want to make sure your railings are stable, as you will need them for balance in icy conditions.
Eventually, however, you’re going to have to remove that snow and ice. We’ve assembled some pointers to keep your deck in good shape and keep you safe in the process.
Removing Snow and Ice from Your Deck
When you are removing snow and ice from your deck, there are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
With these tips in your pocket, you should be able to keep your deck in tip-top shape in winter and avoid weather-related damage.
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