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Composite decking in different weather conditions

Composite decking in different weather conditions

Posted by adrac on November 22, 2022

Composite Decking in The Hot

It’s a cloudless day and the sun has been shining on the deck for a number of hours. It’s hot but how hot can composite decking withstand. Deckorum composite decking can resist temperatures of up to 90 degrees Celsius. Even in the peak sun of the hottest day, the composite decking boards can weather the heat. When compared to timber it was 10 degrees warmer.

How to manage the hot

Ensure adequate footwear, same for pets. The surface may got hot enough to cause skin burn. Secondary options are outdoor rugs or floor mats where you may want to get more comfortable and takes the shoes off. Another remedy for very hot days is to sprinkle water over the deck, this reduces the temperature. In hot climates water channels are created to provide cool air flowing through the deck area.

Composite Decking in The Wet

The stories of accidents with timber decking, including broken hips and twisted ankles, are alarming. As a result, it is understandable to have negative feelings towards timber decking and question its use as a decking option. Additionally, as the advancement of composite decking has progressed, the slip resistance has improved. Deckorum composite decking underwent a pendulum method test and was found to have a low risk of slipping, both when dry and wet.

How to manage the wet

During the installation process, it is important to consider drainage. One way to achieve this is by using a slope to guide water towards drains, with a recommended slope of 3mm per meter. This helps water flow across the deck, reducing the chance of standing water. If you do have standing water due to low levels of sun/air in certain areas it is advised to remove excess water by pushing it off using a squidgy or mop.

Composite Decking in The Cold

Brace yourselves. Winter is coming, as well as the ice. For icy conditions, we recommend you try to remove ice in a safe manner. Safety shoes for ice and wrapped up warm for the cold. The composite decking can withstand low temperatures of minus 30 degrees and will retract in size. It is recommended not to install composite decking in temperatures below 0 Celsius.

How to manage the cold

Using a broom would be the safest option to sweep ice off the deck and avoid damaging the decking boards. Additionally, it is possible to utilize deck-safe products to assist in removing the ice.

Rock salt can be used but we recommend that you avoid using salt on a deck as salt can cause metal to rust such as aluminium joists, screws or other fixings that may have been used

For more information or maintenance tips please visit our maintenance page.