Deck Maintenance: How to Shovel Snow off a Deck
It might seem like removing snow off of a deck is a simple task. Take your snow shovel and put your back into it, right!? Just one look at this picture should tell you right away that it’s not that simple.
In fact, you can’t just use any ole’ shovel. You also can’t take a shortcut and use rock salt on your deck…that’s a recipe for disaster, no matter what kind of decking you have! You also might not want to let this much snow just sit on top of your deck and melt on its own. This begs the question…
What’s the best way to shovel snow off of a deck?
Think of it this way, shoveling snow on a deck is a lot like the first rule of shaving, “Go WITH the grain, not AGAINST it!” Using a plastic, or rubber-tipped shovel with rounded corners, gently shovel the length of each deck board. If you shovel across, you will scratch, or dent the decking. While you might be able to live with a mistake like that in winter, come Spring and Summer you will regret not taking your time to be careful.
For those decks that have a herringbone, or other pattern, extra care must be taken. I’d definitely invest in a nice, sturdy hard plastic snow shovel. Heck, I’d consider using a soft bristle broom over a metal snow shovel any day of the week!
Here’s another tip to keep your deck looking great over the winter months: Remove all plants, planters, and any debris that falls during the course of the winter.
If you have an older, or pressure treated deck, we encourage you to be extra cautious as the boards are fragile to begin with.
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