We at Project Landscape have seen that the common misconception that people have about exterior features like decks is that they are maintenance-free. Composite decking in Calgary certainly needs less maintenance but would still need to be cleaned regularly.
If you want to maximize the benefits of a composite deck, avoid making certain mistakes that actually increase the amount of time you spend on regular maintenance. This will help reduce your work and allow you to enjoy the benefits of your composite decking in Calgary:
- Not Using A Proper Cleaner
The wrong cleaner can virtually destroy your deck. You need a sodium per-carbonate based cleaner that is non-toxic. This oxygenated cleaner penetrates the porous material of the deck to clean it from inside. It also cleans the solid looking outer surface.
- Pressure Washing
Incorrect pressure washing can ruin your composite decking in Calgary. Pressure-washing the deck from a very close distance and using high pressure are the kinds of mistakes that can destroy the surface of this feature. Although, if you want to pressure wash the deck, ensure that you use the lowest pressure and keep the pressure-wash nozzle at a distance of at least 8” from the deck’s surface.
- Overlooking Gaps In Deck Boards
Mold and mildew are common problems with composite decking in Calgary because people forget to clean the gaps between the deck boards properly. Accumulated dirt and debris in the gaps results in moisture-retention. This creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. If you clean the gaps in your decks during spring, the gaps between the boards will get aired and the underside of the board will stay dry.
- Mistakes In Selecting Tools
Composite decking in Calgary needs extra careful cleaning and a hard brush will only damage it. A broom or a garden brush will do the trick for regular cleaning. You need to use a soft bristle scrub brush for deep cleaning and a plastic shovel for snow removal. Avoid hard scrubbing by using the right cleaner.
- Wrong Deck Sealants
A common yet often ignored problem with decks is moisture intrusion. When water accumulates on the surface of the deck, it gives rise to problems such as mold and mildew, as well as rotting and warping of the deck structure. When using waterproofing mediums like deck sealants or chemicals, take care to select products that do not trap the moisture inside.