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.

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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!

Moving Indoors for Remodeling Projects

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Kitchen Remodel before

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodel after

Winter is either loved or hated. It doesn’t matter what side of the fence you fall on, it’s actually a great time to have interior remodeling done, or finally get those repairs taken care of. It’s usually easier to schedule work in the winter months, especially if it’s painting, flooring, updating lighting and plumbing. All these jobs require little exterior work, making them ideal. Continue reading

Fireplaces, Part II: Keeping Yourself Warm in Winter

If you have a fireplace stationed in your home and want to make use of it but have resisted because of the heat loss equation, it is possible to have a fire box put into your existing one. It’s recommended to have a professional check to be certain it is alterable. Naturally an expert would have to do the installing.  Continue reading

The Winter Check-Up

The cold is here and there is no turning back. While many of us wish summer would’ve lasted forever, we need to focus on the next few months of extreme temperature changes.  With even a bit of basic maintenance, your home will be in much better shape for the cold that has hit us hard – costing you less on heating, and preventing major damage that could happen if you neglect it. Continue reading