If you happen to live in area where there is a lot of snowfall, you might see your snow piling up on your patio and deck before you know it. What are you supposed to do in that situation? Both ice and snow make being outside treacherous, so it seems that the best thing to do is to remove them right? You would not believe how many homeowners end up damaging their deck or patio because of improper snow removal. So we are going to give you a few tips on what you should do during these colder months.
Is it essential to remove the snow?
You may have heard people say that in order to avoid a collapse (due to excessive weight) and damage from moisture, it is important to remove ice and snow. The truth is that if you have quality patio furniture and high-quality waterproof sealant for your deck, it should be fine. However, you could still slip and hurt yourself if you have an icy outdoor area.
Tips for removal
So how should you remove the ice from your deck and patio? We have a few suggestions on how to clear your patio and deck without doing any serious damage.
Avoid using a metal shovel
We see this every year, people use a metal shovel to remove some snow and end up damaging your deck. A rubber blade or plastic shovel is much easier and lighter to use than a metal shove. If you only have a metal shovel and have no way to get to the store, you should try to leave a thin layer of snow so you don’t actually make contact with your deck.
Light snow? Use a broom instead
Do you have fluffy, light less that is less than four inches? Avoid using a shovel altogether and use a simple broom to brush away the snow. This is not only going to be much faster, but you avoid the risk of damaging the deck altogether.
Is there ice on your deck? Do not shatter it
There is something very tempting about smashing the ice to eliminate it. However, this is a sure-fire way to damage your patio or deck. Instead, take a little longer and make sure that you remove the ice the smart way.
Do you have a wooden deck? Avoid using sand
We understand that some people call for using sand as an alternative to chemical products to melt the ice (for environmental reasons) it is possible for sand to scratch the wood. Especially if you have a wooden deck, sand is too abrasive for long-term use.
We have already told you about making sure that your patio furniture makes it through the winter (link to previous article), and now you know how to keep your deck in tip-top shape during the winter time. Even if you live in an area where snow is not necessarily something to worry about right now, it is still a good idea to know what to do just in case.