Care Notes for Decking

Composite Decking and Timber Decking

Composite decking.

This requires a little extra care when cleaning. Regular cleaning of dirt and debris can easily be done with a broom or a garden hose. For a deeper clean, always use a soft bristle scrub brush. Again, if you are using the right cleaner, less scrubbing will be required.

Pressure washing is not usually recommended for composite decking. If done incorrectly, it can be a big mistake. Pressure washing too close or using too much pressure can be ruinous for your deck. Composite decking material is softer than natural wood and therefore can be “etched” more easily. If you do wish to pressure wash then we recommend keeping it at the lowest pressure possible and no closer than 8″ from the surface.

A good composite deck reacts like wood, it will expand and contract mimicking the properties of timber, this is normal. When the deck has just been laid it has a shiny lacquer texture this is from the production process as the product weathers this will dull and settle.

Timber Decking.

One of the most important and often excluded step in regular deck maintenance is to protect your deck against moisture intrusion. We cannot emphasise enough how important this is for timber decking! Any timber decking material exposed to the outdoors is susceptible to mould/mildew growth especially in climates with higher humidity levels. Water left pooling on the surface or inside your deck can create problems such as mould/mildew growth, deck rot, and warping.

The good news is that mould can be prevented with a simple but consistent application of a moisture barrier. Once again, choosing the correct product is crucial to successfully protect your deck from mould.Beware of any “waterproofing” deck sealants or chemicals that “encapsulate” the deck. These products can trap moisture inside the deck causing more issues in the long run. The most effective non-toxic solution to protect your deck is UltraBan.