Winter weather can be tough on outdoor spaces, and taking a few proactive steps can help protect your investment and keep it looking its best for many years to come!
Here are some tips to get your holiday home decking winter-ready:
Before the winter weather arrives, it’s essential to clear your decking of any debris. Fallen leaves, twigs, and other debris can trap moisture and cause damage over a period of time. A good sweep or use of a leaf blower will do the trick. Don’t forget to clear any potted plants or furniture if you’re able to, as leaving them in place for long periods of time can create stains and potentially harm the surface.
Give your decking a thorough cleaning to remove dirt, grime, and any mildew that may have accumulated during the year. You can use a power washer or a deck cleaner to get the job done. Please remember that all Vinyl Solutions products (uPVC and Composite) are low maintenance, they don’t require staining or painting each year, so all you need to do is keep it clean.
To protect your outdoor furniture and extend its lifespan, it’s a good idea to store it indoors or in a shed for the winter. Another option, if you add skirting to your decking area, with access hatches you can even store your furniture securely under your decking.
If space is limited, you could also consider investing in high-quality furniture covers to shield them from the elements.
If you expect heavy snowfall in your area, it’s wise to invest in a snow blower or shovel to remove snow from your decking regularly. Accumulated snow and ice over sustain periods can lead to moisture issues and can weaken the structure over time.
Clean out any gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are free from debris. Proper drainage is essential to prevent ice buildup, which can lead to water damage on your holiday home decking.
If you have potted plants or garden beds on or around your decking, make sure to protect them from the cold. Move potted plants indoors, and consider cutting back any shrubbery or trees that may be close to your decking or skirting areas.
As the days get shorter, you’ll want to ensure proper lighting on your decking. Our LED lights are not only energy-efficient but also provide a warm and inviting ambiance for winter evenings.
By taking these simple steps to prepare your holiday home decking for the winter months, you’ll be better equipped to keep it looking its best for many years to come. Plus, when spring arrives, you’ll be ready to enjoy your outdoor space without any major repairs or headaches. So, grab a warm beverage, relax, and take pride in knowing you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect your holiday home’s outdoor haven this winter.
If your decking area is still looking a bit tired you might want to consider upgrading your outdoor living space with a Vinyl Solutions deck. If you’d like a no obligation estimate please get in touch with the team.
By Nathan Bailey, Marketing Manager