If you’ve been considering upgrading your outdoor space with some attractive, low maintenance and stylish composite decking, you’ll probably be wondering if this popular material gets as slippery as its timber counterparts.
Luckily for you, composite decking has come a long way over the years and is now known as ‘capped composite decking’. This means the wrapped organic wood component in the centre is combined with a waterproof recycled plastic element to keep the product durable, environmentally friendly and significantly reduce the risk of slips and trips.
Unlike composite decking, standard timber decking can become a magnet for algae, lichen and moss over the wetter months. It is also incredibly absorbent which leads to boards retaining moisture which can cause problems when trying to walk on them safely.
Another problem that occurs with standard timber decking is that the material’s absorbent nature means that the boards regularly expand and contract as temperatures change. This leads to splits which in turn can lead to greater water ingress. During periods of cold weather, these splits may become larger still as the water freezes, leading to areas that require replacement.
Smooth spots are also commonplace on timber boards minimising grip and making them a high-risk slip area for family members.
What’s the alternative?
To avoid dealing with these problems in timber decking, regular maintenance is required. This often calls for intensive cleaning to remove a build-up of organic matter, sanding to resurface the area, staining to protect the wood and the replacement of any split of splintered boards which can not only be costly, but time-consuming too.
Thanks to their modified and upgraded slip-resistant options, composite decking is fast becoming the material of choice for those who want to enjoy the look of timber decking without the labour intensive maintenance or risk of slips and trips.
Many composite decking materials now come with a slightly textured finish to improve grip regardless of the weather and their fibre content safeguards the technologically advanced material from splitting or warping as a result of fluctuations in temperature.
Although organic materials will not be able to grow on composite decking boards, it’s always advisable to keep your decking clear of any dirt or dead leaves to ensure that the surface stays hazard-free.
With a simple sweep and a quick clean with warm soapy water, you can have your composite decking looking brand new in no time at all, while ensuring that the whole family stays safe while using your decked area regardless of the weather.