Protect Your Vinyl Deck For The Winter

December 7th 2016
Protect Your Vinyl Deck For The Winter

Q. I have a vinyl deck, how can I prepare it for the winter weather, any hints?

A. The only regular maintenance (other than cleaning) is inspecting the caulking used to seal around posts, pillars, corners, vents and drains. Often, the structure to which the vinyl sheeting is sealed will crack, shrink, or shift, thereby breaking the seal. Preventative maintenance will prevent water, ice and snow from accumulating in areas that can cause damage later in the season.

Q. What is the best way to remove the snow and ice from my vinyl deck?

A. Use a plastic shovel (without a metal edge) to remove ice and snow. "Rock Salt", "Kitty Litter" and other snow melting chemicals may be used, however the surface must be cleaned thoroughly with Shell Busey's Home Cleaning Formula or Duradek's Vinyl Cleaner (following the directions on the label) before the spring sun "bakes" any chemicals into the vinyl membrane. To find out more about Caring and Cleaning vinyl decks visit for more helpful tips.