Many people in Ontario utilize their Wood and Composite decks year round. We enjoy sitting out on the deck around a fire or BBQ in the snow. We however must remember that deck safety is a big concern. Whether it is a small front porch or a large rear or wrap around deck. The snow and ice always complicate this living space. However If you have all the necessary precautions and tools you can continue to use your deck safely and maintain it without damaging it during the harsh winters we sometimes receive. First priority is safety. All decks must be cleared of snow and ice. An effective way to clear and lift snow off a deck efficiently wood or composite is too have a large push broom.
This will clear the snow and will not scratch or damage the area. It will also prevent the area to build up a significant amount over time. If we do get a significant snowfall the first thing you want to have on hand is a plastic shovel. A metal one will damage and scratch both a composite and a wood deck. Damage to composite would be scratches that could void its warranty and wood could be split and cause large chunks to be removed making your deck susceptible to further damage. Tomorrow we will talk about dealing with the ice.