Ice on composite decking can cause the decking to slip. You can dissolve the ice on the composite decking to prevent it from being slippery. What can you use to melt ice on composite decking?
What to Use to Melt Ice On Composite Decking
You can use ice melt to dissolve ice on composite decking. However, when choosing the type of ice melt to use on your deck, you need to choose the right kind. Some ice melt is only suitable for use on driveways, walks ways and concrete. It might be very harsh on composite deckings, hence the need to be very careful while choosing ice melt. There are some specific types of ice melt you can use on wood-plastic composite. They include sodium chloride (rock salt), calcium chloride, and magnesium chloride.
Types of Ice Melt For Composite Deckings
Calcium Chloride Ice Melt
Calcium chloride is a compound you can use in melting ice on composite decking. It is the most effective type of ice melt you can use in dissolving ice on deckings. It does not have a negative effect on composite decking.
If you use calcium chloride to melt ice on your WPC, it will not get damaged. It is suitable for composite deckings, unlike a wood deck that can dry and splinter if you use calcium chloride on it. You can use calcium chloride to melt ice directly on your decking. Besides that, you can also lay some on the deck to prevent ice from forming.
Magnesium Chloride Ice Melt
You can also use magnesium chloride on composite decking. Magnesium chloride ice melt is less irritating on the skin. It is an effective compound that can dissolve ice quickly. Apart from that,magnesium chloride is less corrosive. It also does not leave residue on your composite decking. You can use it to melt ice that has already formed on your deck. And you can also use it to prevent snow frost on your deck.
Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt)
Rock salt is a good compound you can use in defreezing ice on composite decking. It is affordable compared to magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. However, when using rock salt, use it in minimal amounts as it can be toxic to plants.
Guidelines For Melting Ice on Composite Deckings
When using magnesium chloride, calcium chloride or rock salt on composite decking, there are guidelines you should follow. If you adhere to the guidelines, it will prevent your decking from premature damages. Let’s consider a few of the guidelines to follow.
Do A Patch Test
Before applying any substance to melt ice on your composite decking, it is advisable to do a patch test first. Apply the ice melt to a small portion of a composite decking to see whether it will stain or damage the deck. This will prevent any chance of damage to the entire decking.
Avoid Traction Grits
If you want to use ice melt on your decking, avoid using the type that contains traction grits. Although the traction might keep you from tripping on your deck. It can also scratch your decking. It is a reason why it’s not advisable to use traction grits with ice melt. The traction grits will scratch the deck surface thereby damaging its look.
Do Not Use Ice Melt Excessively
When applying ice melt on composite decking, do so moderately. Always use ice melt in minimal amounts to keep it from damaging plants in the surroundings. Also an excessive amount of ice melt on your decking can have a negative effect on your deck.
Avoid Using Tint Ice Melt
Calcium or magnesium chloride ice melt that contains dye can stain a wood-plastic composite. It is a reason why you should not use a tint ice melt to dissolve ice on your deck.
To melt ice on composite decking, you can use chloride, rock salt or magnesium chloride. You can place the ice melt on your deck before it starts snowing to prevent ice from forming. Besides that, you can also apply it directly on the ice to melt it.