Does Composite Decking Need to be Treated in the Winter?
Composite decking is typically picked because it requires less over-all upkeep than traditional wood while keeping a similar look to wood decking. This doesn’t mean composite decking requires no annual upkeep. Does this mean composite decking needs to be treated in the Winter? Yes, but treatment needed will be different than other types of decks.
What treatment does composite decking require?
Composite decking is easier to care for than traditional wood because it doesn’t require re-staining and sealing every 1-3 years. That said, composite decking can still grow mold and mildew because it contains wood in it. This means composite decking should be scrubbed twice a year with a deck cleaning soap and then washed off with a fan-tipped power washer.
Does composite decking need to be treated in the winter?
The ideal schedule for this treatment is the start of fall and spring. What is the reasoning for this? Decks should be cleaned after winter to clean off any ice melting products used and so the deck is ready for spring. Then, we suggest a cleaning in the fall to wash away the dirt and grim of the summer months.
While these two times are the ideal moments to clean a composite deck, don’t wait around until then if your deck really needs a cleaning. Cleaning a composite deck can be done at anytime of the year all the way through the winter.
What other winter upkeep does my composite deck require?
Aside from washing your deck with soap, there are other winter maintenance tasks to complete to be sure your composite deck stays in the best condition.
- Check for nails. Look around for any nails which have worked themselves loose and hammer them back in.
- Check the railings. Be sure that all railings are secure and safe; the last thing you want during the slippery winter months is a wobbly railing.
- Check the lights. If you have light fixtures on your composite deck, check that they all work. Adequate deck lighting will help to prevent trips and falls.
- Sweep the deck. Give the deck a good sweeping whenever you can to prevent any sharp objects from damaging the deck surface.
With these winter tips, your composite deck will be better prepared for the winter months. For any additional tips on caring for your composite deck, or to discuss composite decking options for your upcoming Maryland deck project, contact Outdoor Specialties today!
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