Composite decking is built to look like natural woods, like cherry, walnut, and others. It is durable and good for structures in your home, and it gives a pretty look. It has gotten more popular than using actual wood for decking. It is strong, dense, and has anti-insect features that instantly makes it a favourite choice among homeowners.
Like all aspects of your home, it needs to be maintained to retain its beauty and keep your home admirable. It is exposed to sun, rain, and the harsh elements outside, so it will need a bit of care. Some problem many homeowners might have are scratches on their decking. As they are exposed outside, you might need to pay close attention to taking care of them. To help you out, here are some tips on how to prevent scratches on your composite decking.
Use of Furniture Pads
Furniture pads are a great way to protect your decking, especially if you tend to move furniture around. Those with metal bottoms are more susceptible to making scratches, so take particular care with them. There are many peel-and-stick protectors available in the market. Rubber and plastic pads are better for outdoor use because they repel water.
To repair the scratches, you may use a heat gun to blend it in and make it disappear somehow. Be careful in using it, and make sure that it is continually moving, and keep it 2 inches away, to avoid having damage.
As your composite decking is exposed outside, it is prone to having dirt and debris. Make sure that you sweep it regularly to get rid of twigs, pollen, and others. Use a fine broom or a leaf blower. If you clean it up, no one will step on them and potentially scratch the surface.
As weather and seasons change, you may also use soapy water to clean your deck and remove any buildup of dirt, dust, or pollen. It will keep the surface looking new and fresh. If you want to scrub some parts of it to clean it up effectively, make sure that you do it as gently as possible. Avoid using pressure washers or keep its pressure low, not more than 2,500PSI. A regular garden hose will be best.
If you are doing paint jobs around the area, make sure that you keep it covered with a cloth secured by tapes. Paint splatter will be hard to remove and might be a bother.
Clean Up Oil and Grease
If you are bringing food to your deck, then it might be prone to oil and grease because of food spills. Once you notice some, clean it up immediately. You can use warm water with soap in it and a smooth brush. You may also use an all-purpose cleaner if it still won’t come off. Just be sure that you are using proper materials that won’t damage your decking.
Remove Mold and Mildew
As composite decking boards is exposed to the environment, it is also prone to mould and mildew. Be wary of decaying materials like wood, leaf, and others. When combined with the right temperature, amount, of air and water, it can cause mould and mildew to grow on deck surfaces. Remove these decaying materials as you see one because mould and mildew are quite hard to remove once they start spreading. Also, you may use warm soapy water and a soft brush to remove them once you see some.
Get Rid of Snow
Composite wood is made to be tough, durable, and stand the elements of weather. However, keeping it snow-free, especially in winter, is a must. Use a plastic shovel, avoid metal ones as they have sharp edges that might damage your deck. Follow the direction of the boards not to catch or hit anything.
Composite decks require little maintenance, so be sure to take care of them when you need to. You will be sure that it will last long and strong.