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In the words of Jon Snow, winter is coming.

That’s right, whether we like it or not the temperature is dropping fast, and soon our gardens will be covered in a picturesque frost worthy of a Christmas card.

But what about our decking we’ve worked so hard on over the summer months? After all of the summer BBQ’s and evening drinks, there’s nothing worse than seeing your decking deteriorate in the cold weather.

However, there’s no need to worry – we’ve put together a few top tips on how to help you keep your decking looking its best this winter!

Clear away patio furniture

As well as rain and snow potentially damaging the patio furniture itself, high winds could cause tables and chairs to scrape along your decking, leaving unsightly scratches. An easy way to combat this problem is to store any furniture somewhere safe and dry, like a garage or garden shed. Simple but effective!

Keep on top of debris

One or two leaves may not seem like a big deal, but a build-up of debris can lead to serious issues. As well as discolouration and premature rotting of the wood, any water that pools up over time can cause decking to warp and twist. Which is a huge problem considering how easy it is to prevent. Simply brush your decking once a week, or after a bout of particularly windy weather.

Use DeckWright

A bit of bad weather doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still get outside in the garden when you can. Where else would you build a snowman when it snows?! When keeping on top of clearing snow off your decking, DeckWright Anti-Slip Inserts add grip to help prevent injuries.

They’re so reliable that they have an anti-slip rating of 71 and come with a five-year warranty!

Get into pressure washing

Colder weather can cause slimy algae to build-up on timber decking areas. They are also prone to moss and a funny fungus called lichen. A great way to get rid of these without scrubbing away is to get your hands on a pressure washer. The high-pressure water blasts any algae or moss off your decking, leaving it fresh and clean. Plus it can be pretty fun, so why not pressure wash your pavers whilst you’re at it? Kärcher has a great selection to choose from!

Find out your closest DeckWright stockist here.