Much of the southern US is still enjoying sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s. But many northern areas are already seeing freezing or will soon have overnight lows below freezing. These locations are quickly running out of time to finish outdoor preparations for winter weather.
Hopefully you’ve taken care of the tough chores like climbing ladders to clean the roof, gutters, and seal the chimney. Now it’s time for easier tasks down at ground level. There are several quick projects you can take care of that will save you money by protecting outdoor surfaces in preparation for winter and so that everything is in good shape next spring.
Driving rain, wind, snow, and freezing temperatures wreak havoc on outdoor surfaces when you let them. Smaller projects would be cleaning and resealing a birdhouse, or decorative treasures around your property. Bigger projects would be doing the same for a deck or gazebo. If you don’t have much experience, starting with a smaller project would be the wise choice.
Here are the steps for resealing a deck. For most climates, it’s a good idea to reseal your deck about every other year.
You might want to consider applying some color but this is more time consuming, especially if a previous sealant has been applied. If a previous sealant has been applied, it must be completely removed with a chemical stripper, sanding, or both. If the original sealant isn’t removed, the color coat won’t soak in. After removing the old sealant, follow the cleaning instructions in step 2 again before applying a final sealant over the color coat.
It’s all about the changing weather this time of year. You probably still have lawn furniture out. Now is the time to give it a last cleaning for the year and store it away out of the coming winter weather. Cleaning it with a mild solution before putting it away will keep it looking good for another summer season. Leaving it out in the winter elements is the fastest way for the finish to fade and look dull and worn next time you go to use it.
The same thing goes for your grill, gardening tools, lawnmower, and other outdoor belongings that you’ll want looking good for the next warm weather season. If you don’t have a garage or shed to store them in, cover these with tarps before the winter winds, rain, and snow flies. Be sure to tie down the tarps so that they don’t end up in your neighbor’s yard when the first storm blows in.
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