Composite decking is known for being one of the best decking options available. Unlike other synthetic decks, it looks as beautiful as wood. It also has superior durability and low-maintenance. And perhaps one of its best qualities is its lifespan. A typical wooden deck only lasts anywhere between 5 and 20 years, depending on the quality. As for a composite deck, it can last at least 20 years. But like any decking, a composite decking may not last as long as it should. So, how can I make my composite deck last longer? Here are some of the things that you should do.
Inspection and Maintenance is the Key
Perhaps the most crucial factor that contributes to a deck’s lifespan is maintenance. Even the best decks will fall short in years when not maintained properly. The same goes for composite decking. Fortunately, composite decks are low-maintenance. Even so, you still need to follow some maintenance procedures to keep it lasting through the years.
So how do you maintain a composite deck? It’s pretty easy. First, you don’t need to stain or seal a composite deck. All wooden decks need these to protect them from moisture, whereas composites are already resistant to water. Of course, you can still use seals if you want added protection, granted that you can use it on your deck. You will have to check with your suppliers if you can do so. Paint and stains, however, can ruin your composite deck and is not recommended.
To keep a deck at its best quality, you will need to inspect and clean it regularly. For inspection, make sure that there is no dirt and debris on your decking floor, especially on the gaps between the boards. While naturally resistant to mould growth, plants, food, and other debris can make it habitable to fungi. You will also want to watch out for any water drainage problems, such as water pooling. Lastly, you will also want to check under the deck and look for other potential issues, such as rat infestations. Preventing any of these will help your deck last longer.
Aside from inspection, you will also want to maintain cleanliness in your deck. You’ll want to clean any dirt or spills on your decking floor as soon as possible. If you frequent your deck for meals or hold BBQ parties weekly, it’s best to get carpets and rugs to lessen the chance of food spilling.
Lastly, to maintain a deck, you’ll want to have a regular cleaning schedule. Fortunately, composite decks are relatively more effortless to clean than any other type of deck. But the question is, how do you do it?
How to Clean a Composite Deck to Make it Last Longer?
A clean deck will last longer, no matter what type of decking materials you use. The good news is, for composites, it’s quite simple. Most of the time, all you need to do is to grab a broom and sweep the floor. You can also clean spills on the floor with a regular mop. However, to make your deck last longer, you will need to do some thorough clean. Many experts advise doing it at least once every six months. So how do you do it?
For a thorough clean, you will need water, cleaning solution of your choice, and a soft-bristled brush. For the cleaning solution, you can use usual household cleaning products, such as dishwashing soap. You can also use commercial cleaning products, especially if you are dealing with stains. Lastly, you can also try home made alternatives, such as baking soda and vinegar.
First, you will want to remove everything in your deck. Next, rinse the deck with water. Then, apply the cleaning solution to the deck, gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush. Make sure to get the gaps in between the boards. Leave it for a few minutes before rinsing, especially if you are dealing with persistent stains. However, remember not to let the soap dry. After a few minutes, rinse it in water and let it dry before using the deck.
Long-Lasting Composite Deck
The Composite deck, on its own, is long-lasting. However, it can last longer if you maintain it properly. Always inspect it for any problems, and fix them immediately. Having a regular cleaning schedule also helps in making your deck last longer. Lastly, you may want to check and follow any instructions, guides, and recommendations that your suppliers will give to you. In Doing so, you will enjoy your deck for decades.