How to Prepare & Enjoy Your Deck for Winter

How to Prepare & Enjoy Your Deck for Winter

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Pacific Northwesterners love their outdoor space. A good deck is one of the more popular features of many Oregon homes. It’s a perfect spot to gather for meals and entertaining.

But harsh winter weather can do damage. Rain, snow, and ice take a toll. Keep these winter prep tips in mind if your deck is seeing the results of cold weather. With the proper preparation, some decks can even be used during winter months!

5 Tips: Winter Weather Deck Preparation & Protection

Before bad weather hits:

  1. Clean your deck. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris on the deck surface and between the boards. Treat any mold or mildew.
  2. Inspect your deck. Look for rotted areas, weak spots, protruding screw heads or nails, and loose railings. Make repairs and plan ahead for any major upgrades or replacements.
  3. Protect your deck. Seal and finish the deck surface every 2-3 years to protect it from snow, ice, rain, and sun.

During winter months:

  1. Keep your deck clear. Remove fallen leaves and debris throughout the season and clear snow and ice as it accumulates. Always go with the grain of the wood and avoid using a metal shovel.
  2. Inspect your deck. Keep an eye on the deck surface and structure, particularly during extreme weather. Stay on top of repairs.
  3. Protect your deck. Cover unused deck furniture, grills, and other deck items. Consider your deck material before salting; it could cause damage.

Once your deck is prepared for cold weather, use and enjoy it during the winter months! Invest in outdoor space heaters or a fire pit table, install a deck cover, place self-adhesive grip strips on potential slippery spots, and cozy up in deck furniture with plenty of blankets and cushions.

Need a New Deck for Your Investment Property? Get an Oregon Private Loan

Real estate investors know that decks are a great “value add” to investment properties. Hard money loans provide fast financing options when upgrading rentals or fix and flips. Contact our trusted private money lending team if you need funding for a deck or other major upgrade. Gregory M. Russell offers easy-to-qualify, equity-based Oregon hard money loans that help make your renovation projects go smoothly. Call us at 1-888-477-0444 to begin the loan process, or complete our online loan request form today.


Thanks so much for taking the time to read our blog. We have enjoyed bringing our shared experience in private money lending and the real estate industry to our work with investors throughout the Northwest for over three decades. We live in beautiful Southern Oregon, but consider Washington and Idaho, where we also provide our hard money loan services, our second homes!
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Greg & Rachel
Gregory M. Russell Hard Money Lender

Rachel and Greg Russell, Hard Money Lenders