Should you shovel your deck?

Snow is back and it’s turned cold here this December in Wisconsin.  You’ve kept your driveway and sidewalks clear of the snow, but do you need to shovel the snow off your deck?  Actually, the answer is simple:  NO.

If you are worried about your deck collapsing from the weight of snow, don’t.  Building codes require that decks support more weight than your roof.   Basic rule of thumb: Don’t worry until the snow is above your rails.  Most deck rails are 36″ high and weight of snow should not cause a problem unless it is over three feet deep.  The best thing you can do with your deck is just leave it alone while the snow sits there, slowly melting and clearing itself.  The deck will still be there come April, no need to mess with it in the mean time.


An exception to not shoveling would be if your deck is the second-emergency entrance into your home, or an entrance you use regularly.  Then you may choose to shovel it, but be careful.  Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Before snow falls, make certain no nails are sticking out of the deck boards .
  • Try using a broom or leaf blower first. If too much snow, then get out the shovel.
  • Use a plastic shovel, not a metal one – so not to scratch the decking material.
  • Shovel in the direction/parallel to the boards, not across the boards.
  • Never chop ice off your deck, it’s too easy to damage deck boards. If you must get rid of ice, then use environmentally safe chemicals.

So, if you need to (or desire to) get that snow off your deck, just be careful not to scratch or damage the deck boards.  And be careful walking on your deck afterwards, ice has a way of creeping back for revenge.

What, you don’t have a deck? Are you considering having one built down the road? Well, give us a call for a free consultation…608-241-9009.  We’ll be happy to take a look — once all this snow melts that is …  Happy Winter!

Enjoying The Outdoors, Without All The Bug Bites

Enjoying the warm weather is a treat, especially after a wicked Wisconsin winter. You can relax in the yard, until around the middle of June, without the worry of mosquitoes. Once those thirsty pests start circling the shaded areas and beyond, it’s not so fun anymore! Mosquitoes are just one of the reasons that it might be time for a screened- in porch. As I always say, “Don’t feed the mosquitos!”

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Roof Top Rooms

Seeing goats on the roof always make people stop to gawk but when you realize they are up there “mowing the grass” with their teeth, you find a way to take a picture!

Goats on Roof of Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant

Goats on Roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant

Of course, you could have a lawn on your roof. A built-in pool too, it’s been done before. Space, practicality and the all important ‘budget’ may seem to be the dashers of these dreams. But even in ancient times, the poorest of people would escape to the top of their homes.  Continue reading

Three Season Room

What is a three season room anyway? Most consider it to be Spring through Fall; to make it different from a greenhouse, sunroom, screened porch or enclosed patio, it is protected from weather (no draughts and moisture sealed) and can be locked up and closed off from the rest of the house if need be. Continue reading

The Power of Pergolas

Adams Design Construction - PergolasThere is still plenty of summer left to build a little drama into your home! So, we’ve put the spot light on PERGOLAS.

What in the heck is a pergola anyway? Translated it means ‘projecting eaves’ and there are as many styles as there are houses. Continue reading