Strong, sturdy and durable to the elements, there’s a reason why composite wood is popular for outdoor spaces. And while composite decking is very low-maintenance and weather-proof, there are still a few things you can do when the colder weather sets in to protect its quality.
In this article, we’ll take you through how to take care of composite decking during winter to keep it looking its best, all year round.
5 Winter Maintenance Steps for Composite Decking
The beauty of composite decking is that it requires very little maintenance, and is resistant to mould, warping, cracking, fading and staining. This makes it a step up from regular wood decking, but it still isn’t invincible and shouldn’t be entirely neglected over winter.
Luckily, pre-winter care for composite decking is very simple. Just follow these steps:
- Store away decking furniture: Chances are, you won’t be spending much time outside in winter. As such, store away your decking furniture in a shed or garage to protect it from the elements. This way, it will stay in good shape and remain free from weather damage leaving your decking clear for the next steps in the process.
- Give it a brush: Autumn brings fallen branches and wet leaves which may settle on your composite deck. Brush these away in good time before winter. Wet leaves or debris can become slippery and also ruin the look of your deck, sometimes even leading to staining if left for too long. A stiff brush should do the job, and ensure you get between the gaps.