Although it is only December, now is the time to plan for winter weather in Maryland. As you are winterizing your home and outdoor space for the season, you may be wondering how you can protect your composite deck from the weight of snow. While it may seem tempting to simply shovel the snow from your deck, there are a few points to consider so that your beautiful composite deck is not ruined in your efforts! Before you break out the shovel in your snow preparations, consider these few reasons why you should avoid shoveling your deck this winter.
Your Composite Deck Should Not be Damaged by Water
Unlike wood, your composite deck should not fall victim to moisture and rot so easily. With this, a little snow or winter rain should cause minimal damage, if any, to your composite deck. Holes, scrapes, and cracks are more damaging to this non-porous material than moisture alone. Their resilience in various types of weather makes composite decks an appealing alternative to wood decks for many homeowners.
Scrapes from Metal Shovels Can Lead to Costly Repairs
Don’t ruin your beautiful deck with scrapes caused by your metal shovel! Not only could these scrapes damage the surface of your deck, but they could also lead to costly repairs if they grow into larger issues throughout the winter. While your composite deck is mostly unaffected by fluctuating temperatures and moisture, a scrape or open section of the surface could lead to issues caused by the freeze-and-thaw process over time.
Sweep Snow from Your Deck Instead of Shoveling
Rather than shoveling your deck, sweeping the snow off of your deck is a better alternative for removing the snow. This will prevent scraping and damage to the surface of your beautiful, low maintenance composite deck. By properly maintaining your deck throughout the winter, you and your family can continue to enjoy your composite deck with minimal maintenance and repairs for many years to come!
Enjoy a New Composite Deck for Your Home this Year!
Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence has almost 30 years of experience in building beautiful custom fences, gazebos, screened-in porches, and decks throughout the state of Maryland. We have the expertise to design your dream fence or custom deck and have it installed in a headache-free process. Give us a call at 1-800-833-9310 or visit us online for a quote today! We offer many different styles of fencing and decking in addition to custom options designed specifically to suit your preferences and tastes. To see examples of our work and get more tips on how to choose the right decking for your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, Pinterest, Google+, and YouTube.