Composite decking is a mixture of wood fibers and plastic. This is the reason it is considered as the best alternative material to wood. This is long lasting and requires low maintenance cost. When you are installing a Composite Decking, durability is a top priority. Homeowners who cannot spend much time in maintenance need to opt for this. The best part is that it is available in different textures and colors to choose.
Even if composite decking does not require much maintenance, but you still need to take care of it at a regular basis. Proper maintenance will not only give it a longer life, it will stay in good condition. Here are some composite decking maintenance tips to consider.
Avoid standing water
Although, composite decking is manufactured in such a way that it can resist water and rot related to it. Mold and mildew are environmental conditions that you cannot avoid. Moisture will deteriorate the condition. You need to take adequate measures to reduce it in order to protect your deck.
If there is adequate amount of gap underside your deck, then air will circulate properly and the material will get dry faster. Make sure that your deck has a minimum of 6 inches gap to maintainobstruction free airflow.
Clean standing water
After a rainy day, you need to find out if there are water pools in some areas of your deck. You need to clean this water instantly. If you are facing this situation, then you need to rework the deck for the betterment of drainage.
If there are water downspouts on your deck, then reinstall the system and avoid rainwater flowing on your composite decking. Redirect the downspouts point elsewhere, this will ensure that your material is not over exposed to moisture.
Cleaning at regular intervals will remove the debris, which may start organic decay and stains. You may find leaves or other material between the gaps of your composite boards. Take it out and clean the area properly.
People who have an interest in maintaining their cars and other mechanical items at their own, they may spell some grease or anything on the Composite Decking. In order to prevent staining your decking boards, you need to clean it with mild detergent.
If you find some dirt already settled on the deck, then use a gentle scrub brush with water and mild detergent. Scrub the area thoroughly and rinse with water. Do not use metal brush for cleaning.