Our experienced designers will help you create personalized homes anytime, anywhere. Book a 3D design consultation

8 steps to prep your deck for winter

Click Here for a 3D design consultation with our interior designers!

Help us with a few details so our team can reach you. We don’t share your information with any other entity.

Thank You!

Our team will be in touch shortly to book your appointment.

Have a lovely day!



Protecting your deck correctly in winter ensures you have that fabulous entertaining space for the rest of the year

As an extension of your home, decks are a great space to host BBQs, garden parties or sometimes just catching up on some stargazing. With winter approaching, you need to ensure your deck is well protected so that it is ready to be enjoyed when the sun is up and shining once again.

1.    Clear up
Begin by removing everything on the deck - this means BBQ gear, furniture, potted plants, storage racks, chests and gardening tools, it all goes into storage.

2.    Clean sweep
Start with a thorough dusting and get rid of any leaves and bits of food lying around. This will ensure that no mildew, fungus or mold has a chance on your property.

3.    Wash up
A simple soap and water solution should do the trick but hire a professional for a quick pressure wash, if you think it could use some extra care. Avoid attempting to do this on your own as it can damage the surface of the deck if done improperly.

4.    Rot check
Replace any and all broken or loose nails, warped railings and pieces that have become soft and split by screws.

5.    Sand and seal
After all repairs and replacements are done, sand the entire deck to even out the surface before vacuuming and then sealing it with a high-quality water repellent and sealant made specifically for the kind of deck you have. This prevents the elements from weakening and damaging your deck during the harsh winter months.

6.    Cover up
It can be tricky deciding how to shield your deck from the ravages of winter - because the slightest condensation could mean 

To keep your outdoor deck safe in winter start out by doing a clean sweep of everything. Put your furniture, BBQ gear etc into storage and then do a thorough dusting of the entire space.

stagnant water ruining your deck while it’s not in frequent use. A good idea is to place a loose tarpaulin over the deck to avoid moisture getting into the cracks and warping the boards.

7.    Melt ice right
When dealing with ice formation, avoid the urge to chip or shatter it. Use a non-toxic, ice-melting product that is appropriate for your deck.

8.    Prune plants
Prune shrubs, bushes or trees touching the deck to prevent mold formation at the contact points.

Images courtesy


Beautiful Homes Service: an end-to-end interior design solution

Fill out this form and our Customer Experience Specialist will reach out to you.

Next up…

How to plan home automation

What does it take to install smart home products and automation systems? Read on to find out how you can operate various systems in your house with just your smart phone and voice commands

How to keep your table tops looking new

Tables are an intrinsic and essential piece of household furniture. Ensure they last you a long time by following these simple steps

A luxurious lunch table setting

Looking to create an amazing table setting for your next lunch party? We’ve got Ami Kothari of Dining Couture to decode the ultimate luxurious lunch table setting

Monsoon checklist for the home

Tackle moisture-damage like a pro with our easy checklist to help prevent water damage to your home

Other topics we’re covering