Time is gold. Many people even value their time over their money. So when it comes to decking, many want a deck that doesn’t require time and effort to maintain. However, many traditional wooden patios are high-maintenance. Not only will you need time and effort to keep it the best shape possible, but you will also need to spend money to seal, stain, and paint the deck. Fortunately, there are other alternatives that you can choose, one of which is composite decking. But the question is, do composite decking require maintenance? If so, how do you maintain a composite decking?
Composite Decking Require Maintenance
Many think that composite decking doesn’t need any maintenance. The reason is most people think that low-maintenance is no maintenance at all. Contrary to what most will think, you will need to take care of a composite deck. While it doesn’t need as much attention as a regular deck, you will need regular maintenance to keep it at its best possible condition.
While marketed as a low-maintenance deck, composites decking still have a few issues that you should watch out for. For instance, composite decks are resistant to natural mold growth. However, fallen leaves, dirt, and debris on the deck can still be the breeding ground for fungi. If left alone, they can spread to the deck’s surface. While it won’t damage the deck as fast as it would in a wooden deck, it can stain and ruin your deck. Another problem associated with mold growth is that your deck can become very slippery, which can cause serious accidents.
Another reason why you should always take care of your composite deck is that when a decking board is ruined, you will have no choice but to replace it. Wood can be sanded, repainted, and resealed, but composites can’t. The good thing is that it will take a lot of negligence before it happens to a composite deck. Nevertheless, you’ll want to prevent it from happening in the first place.
So despite what most people think, you need to maintain your deck. However, the next question is, how do you take care of a composite deck?
How to Take Care of Composite Decking?
While composite decks require maintenance, it doesn’t need as much attention as other wooden decks. Of course, you will still need to learn how to take care of it properly. The good thing is it’s not as complicated as you may think.
Cleaning the Deck
One of the best ways to maintain a deck is by having a regular cleaning schedule. You can prevent a lot of issues if you clean your deck regularly. One of which is that you can stop and prevent mold growing on your deck. But how can you clean a composite deck? Here are the steps.
- Remove all the furniture, decorations, and plants on your deck. Make sure to lift them instead of dragging them, as it can graze your deck.
- Sweep your deck with a broom to remove leaves, pollen, dirt, and other debris.
- Rinse the deck with water. Doing this will prepare the deck for cleaning and makes the cleaning solution more effective.
- Create a cleaning solution by mixing water with soap. Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals. You can find a list of chemicals that can damage your deck on the guides provided with the decking boards. You can also search them on the web.
- Alternatively, you can also use commercial cleaning products. If you’re dealing with stains and molds, you can also use a vinegar-baking soda solution.
- Next, get a soft-bristled brush and wet it with your cleaning solution. Gently scrub it on your deck, letting the solution sit on your deck for a few minutes. However, do not let it dry, unless it’s a commercial cleaning product and the instructions say otherwise. Because of this, you’ll want to work in batches.
- After brushing the deck, rinse it off with water until all the solution is wiped from the deck. You may also consider a power washer. However, make sure that it’s at the lowest setting to avoid damage. You might also check the boards’ manufacturers if you can use it on your decking.
- Finally, let the deck dry. After this, replace all your furniture and plants. Now you have a clean composite deck.
While composite decking is low-maintenance, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t need any maintenance. A regular cleaning schedule is the key to keep your deck at it’s best, making it last for decades.