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Winter maintenance for your decking

Regular maintenance of your decking is key to keeping it looking and performing its best throughout the winter months.

The winter weather can play havoc with timber decking. Frost and snow can cause wood to buckle, rot, and crack creating a safe and unsightly surface. Composite decking is specifically designed to be more durable and long lasting than wood, with the elements having little effect on its structure and appearance. However, even composite decking can benefit from a little TLC during the winter months to keep it looking its best.

Treating timber

When it comes to timber, preparation is the best form of defence. The first step is to remove any mould and mildew with an appropriate cleaner, and then thoroughly rinsing the decking with a jet wash or hose. Once it has dried, you can then apply your sealant.

Throughout the winter months, it is important to keep your timber decking clear of debris and snow to ensure excess moisture does not seep into the wood. If left, this could cause damage to the integral infrastructure of your decking.

Caring for composite

Composite decking, such as Ecodek, has been specifically designed to withstand even the harshest of weathers. It requires no sealants, stains, or paints to protect it from the elements and very little ongoing maintenance.

However, even composite decking can benefit from some extra care and attention during winter.

Firstly, try and keep your composite decking clear of leaves and other debris. Not only will this improve the appearance of your decking, but it will also be safer underfoot.

Secondly, remove any snow from the surface, remembering to use a plastic shovel rather than a metal one, which could cause irreversible damage. Although the decking will not be affected by the excess moisture, removing snow will again help to make your decking safer to walk on and prevent ice forming when it becomes cold. If ice does form, use a calcium chloride product rather than rock salt to disperse it, as rock can scratch the surface.

 Whatever type of decking you have, it is important to continue maintaining it throughout winter, not only to protect it but also to keep it safe. Timber decking is an “intensive maintenance” option, but it is possible to ensure the minimum of damage is caused by cold weather through preparation, whereas composite decking should continue to perform as usual with very little effort.

If you’re in the process of choosing new decking, it is important to consider the care and maintenance each material requires, and whether you have the time and inclination to keep up with it. If you’re unsure and want more information about composite decking and the many benefits it can offer, call our friendly team today on 01978 667 840 or email them on enquiries@ecodek.updates.wcuat.co.uk and they will answer any questions you may have.