Composite decking should be cleaned regularly to remove dirt, debris and stains. We take an in-depth look at how to clean composite decking later in this article.
To avoid a build-up of dirt and staining, we advise cleaning up any spills on the decking as promptly as possible. Avoid leaving items such as wet leaves and branches on the deck for extended periods, as they can encourage mould and mildew. Clients may also want to shift their furniture regularly to prevent the feet from staining the decking.
Regular quick inspections for any signs of damage or wear are always a good idea. Look for loose boards, damaged or deteriorating sections and any issues with the deck's structural integrity. Address any problems promptly to prevent further damage.
Stain and fade resistance
Composite decking is stain and fade resistant. However, over time, some fading may occur due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. While composite decking does not require staining or sealing like wood, some homeowners apply a UV-resistant coating to help maintain its appearance and prevent colour fading.
While pressure washing is effective on some surfaces, we do not recommend it for composite decking. There is a chance the high pressure will damage the decking material. If power washing is necessary, use a low-pressure setting (below 3,100 psi) and ensure the washer nozzle is a reasonable distance from the decking.
If clients follow these maintenance practices, composite decking can maintain its appearance and durability for a remarkably long time. The fact it requires much less maintenance than wood decking is a significant benefit and an attractive proposition for both specifiers and end-users.