One of the many benefits of composite decking is its low-maintenance qualities. However, the wood particle and plastic boards can degrade if not properly taken care of. Use this guide to preserve the health of your deck and ensure it lasts for years to come.
How to Preserve Composite Decking
1. Prevent Mold & Mildew
While moisture is less likely to cause composite decking to crack or rot, standing water and wet materials or structures could allow mold and mildew to grow. Avoid this by leaving at least six inches of unobstructed airflow beneath the deck to allow for adequate ventilation. Also, check the structure after heavy rainfall to ensure water is quickly draining away and not getting trapped under furniture and rugs or pooling in specific areas.
2. Clean Regularly
Composite decking is harder to stain than wood, but it's still possible if the material isn't cleaned very often. Sweep the deck at least once a week to remove debris buildup, especially between gaps. During the fall or after a windy storm, increase this frequency to prevent leaves from decomposing on the structure. Use a gentle scrub brush, water, and mild soap to remove dirt at least once a season. You could also power wash your deck, but take care to use low pressure and don't get too close to avoid splintering or scratching the material.
3. Apply a Stain
Periodically applying a water-repellent sealer will help protect your composite decking from mold and mildew growth. It will also help prevent future staining and color fading, as well as make the deck easier to clean.
Whether you need composite decking or fencing materials, you can find them at Freres Building Supply in Stayton, OR. Since 1943, this lumber company has served the Willamette Valley community. Their employees have over 100 years of combined industry experience and will help you find the correct building materials for any project you’re working on. Call (503) 769-2879 for a free estimate and visit their website to learn more about the materials they carry.