Whether you enjoy simple cookouts with your family, love hanging out with your friends or wish to have a designated spot for outdoor recreation, you can attain it all by having a bespoke deck built in your property. A deck is an excellent landscaping feature that can offer you a spot where you can unwind, cook and entertain.
At Bendigo Landscaping, we have been designing and building custom decks for many years, and one of the best types of decking we recommend is composite decking. With its aesthetic appeal, durability and strength, many homeowners in Bendigo are opting to have composite decks. However, even if composite decks require lower maintenance than other decks, it doesn’t literally mean that it is maintenance-free. That is why our team curated some helpful tips on how you can make your composite deck last longer. Check them out so you can clean and maintain your composite deck properly.
#1: Use the right type of cleaner.
Using the right type of cleaner may seem like a minor factor in deck maintenance. However, if you keep on using the wrong cleaner for your composite deck, you might end up ruining your deck’s surface after a few years. A composite deck’s surface looks solid, but most of this type of deck is made up of porous materials. That is why it is essential to pick an oxygenated cleaner that can seep in deep into the material and clean its inside and surface. Look for a non-toxic and sodium percarbonate based cleaner and avoid using cleaners that contain chlorine bleach. Cleaners with bleach are highly corrosive and can cause discolouration and extensive damage to your deck in the long run.
#2: Be careful when using a pressure washer.
Pressure washing composite decks are not usually recommended by many manufacturers. If not done properly, it can scratch the deck’s surface or, worse, cause big damage to your deck. Using it too close on the deck’s floor or using too much pressure should be avoided. Once the composite deck’s surface is etched, several issues may arise, such as chipping, staining, mould buildup and organic decay. If you really need to pressure wash your deck, make sure that you use the lowest pressure possible and use it at least eight inches away from your deck’s surface.
#3: Don’t forget to clean the gaps.
Although composite decks are made to withstand mould and mildew, there is still instance that may cause it such as poor drainage and lapses in cleaning. Cleaning the surface of your deck is essential, but don’t forget to include the gaps in your deck when cleaning. Dirt and debris may be stuck in these gaps and can accumulate over time. Due to this, it can collect moisture and create a breeding ground for mould and mildew. You can thoroughly clean the gaps between your deck boards at least once a year. Through this process, the air can pass between the deck boards and keep the underside of your decks clean and dry.
#4: Watch for any drainage issues.
We recommend having at least six inches of space between the composite plank and the ground underneath so there can be good ventilation. Having ample space between the planks and the ground will help water drain off the deck without the deck boards sitting on soggy soil. However, if you notice that there is standing water in your deck because of poor drainage, you can redirect the downspouts and splash guards of your drainage or use a different grade of soil.
#5: Seal your deck.
Composite decks don’t really need sealing, but if you want to skip on thorough cleaning for a few years, you can try to properly seal your decks. It can also help avoid staining and mould buildup. So if you have the time and money to spare, you can do this project to keep the look and functionality of your composite deck for the years to come.