Now winter is here and with it the colder weather, the mornings are frostier, the days are shorter and colder and your composite decking is receiving the brunt of it.
While Cladco Composite Decking is low-slip thanks to its narrow grooves and low absorption properties, there are still ways you can help prevent ice build-up on your composite decking.
One of the main perks of having composite decking as opposed to traditional timber decking is easy to maintain, with a longer shelf life, as the boards do not rot, warp or splinter.
That being said, in the winter, nothing outside can escape from winters chill, but steps can be taken to help prevent ice being built up, and potentially preventing any icey deck induced injuries.
Ways to Help Prevent Ice building up on your Composite Decking
After autumn has shed its leaves your deck could be covered in debris, this can not only make your deck more slippery, thanks to the moisture the leaves, moss and other debris can hold, but could also stain the decking. Removing the leaves by sweeping your deck is step one in ensuring it doesn’t become too slippery.
Install your decking at an angle
By fitting your decking with a slight slope, this enables any water can easily drain away, keeping standing water to a minimum. Having less standing water encourages less ice to form.
Fit your decking the correct way
Cladco Composite Decking has narrow grooves on one side of the decking board and wider spaced grooves on the other, installing the boards with the narrow groove side up gives the boards low-slip properties. See Cladco Installation guides for more information.
What happens if my composite decking becomes icey
Around the time of year when ice forms on roads, and pavements you often see the ‘gritters’ out in full force, laying salt, sand and grit, adding grip, traction. Adding warm water to your decking to gently melt any ice built up on the decking boards.
It is not advised to lay grit, or sand, or products with any added colourants onto your composite deck as the abrasive properties of the sand could potentially scratch or mark your decking and the dyes found within the solutions could discolour or stain your boards.
When the icey weather has passed, it is best to clean your deck of any left-over solution, dirt or grit that has appeared over the winter. Sweep your deck gently making sure the area is clear, then with water or the Composite decking Cleaner lightly brush with a soft brush any remaining dirt from your deck.
Please note that any damage caused to boards by colder temperature, ice and ice preventative stratagies such as salt, sand or de-icer Cladco can not take responsibility for. Care should always be taken to reuce the risk of injury.