Many homeowners are switching from traditional lumber to composite decking. This material is very durable and resistant to fading. It does not rot and never requires painting or sanding. The following tips will help keep your composite deck looking like new for years to come.
- Tip 1: Clean Spills and Mold Off Of Decking Right Away
Old spills or mold growth can make your composite decking look unsightly. Clean these substances off of the surface as soon as you notice them. This will keep your deck looking pristine and prevent buildup in the woodgrain texture.
- Tip 2: Avoid the Use of Metal or Sharp-Edged Snow Shovels
If you need to shovel snow off of your composite deck, do not use a metal snow shovel. Look for a tool that’s plastic or one that has a nylon or rubber edge. Always push the shovel parallel to the deck boards.
- Tip 3: Place a Splash Mat Under Your Grill
Grilling is wonderful on a deck. If you plan to set up the BBQ, make sure you place a splash mat underneath. This will serve as a barrier between hot grease and your new composite decking.
- Tip 4: Keep Spaces Between Boards Free of Debris
Leaves, pebbles, dirt, and other natural debris can get stuck in the spaces between your composite boards. Clear this regularly to avoid buildup. A spatula or putty knife works well.
- Tip 5: Sweep Composite Decking Once a Week
Sweep your composite deck once a week, or more often if you live in a wooded area. This will keep the surface clear and reduce the amount of debris that ends up between the boards.
If you are ready to learn more about composite decking maintenance or installation, contact John’s Lumber in Shelby Twp. or Clinton Twp. We are available to answer your questions and help you plan the perfect outdoor entertaining area for your home.