A Few Tips For Keeping Your Long-Lasting, Composite Deck Looking Beautiful

Posted on: 5 April 2016

While composite decks are being touted as long-lasting and easy to care for, it does not mean you can treat them roughly or not perform any maintenance on them to keep them looking beautiful. Here are a few tips to keep your deck looking as good as possible for as long as possible.

Things Not to Use on Your Deck

The composite material in the deck can be scratched or gouged the same way wood can. To keep this from happening, never use a shovel or anything sharp or pointed on it. Use a broom to remove the snow. If there is ice underneath, spray it down with a water hose to unfreeze it. Once you have the ice defrosted, use the broom again to push off the water. In addition, do not cover the deck with carpeting or plastic. This allows dirt and debris to collect and lodge in between the boards, making the deck look dirty and unkempt when you remove the covering. In addition, it will restrict light to the area. Combined with the condensation that will form when the airflow is restricted, this can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Cleaning the Deck

While there is not a lot of maintenance to a composite deck, you do need to clean it regularly. The most important rule to cleaning is to follow the manufacturer's instructions. You may be limited on what products you can use and the pressure of a power washer. Between actual cleanings, be sure to sweep the deck and keep vegetation from growing underneath it. Pollen from plants under your deck can stick between the board gaps. A build up of pollen is a good breading ground for algae. An easy way to remove pollen is with a garden hose. Just spray the deck down with water, aiming the stream at the gaps. If you grill on the deck, place a small rubber-backed rug under the grill, but pick it up when the grill is not being used. If you get some grease spots falling on the deck, use a grease-removing detergent and water to clean it up as soon as possible.

Your composite deck may be guaranteed to last 25 years, but unless you take care of it properly it will not look so hot that entire time. Keep it clean, and avoid doing anything that can damage the boards and you will get the full life out of your deck. 

For composite deck contractors, contact a company such as Robert G Miller Inc.

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