Combining recycled wood material and recycled plastic, composite wood is created specifically to be durable and resistant to many conditions. While composite decking and fencing fares very well in winter, there are still a few things you can do to help it along and keep it performing its best. So, in this article, we’ll be exploring how to look after composite wood in winter.
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Is Composite Decking Weatherproof?
Simply put, composite decking is very resistant to the elements within outdoor environments – including the onslaught of winter. Its unique composition of recycled wood and plastic materials gives it many weatherproof properties, including:
- Low rate of water absorption
- Resistant to freeze-thaw cycles
- Resistant to mould
- Resistant to warping, rotting and splitting
These properties make it ideal for surviving the bitter cold, including snow and ice. However, there are still a few things you can do to keep it looking and performing its absolute best.
4 Ways to Prepare Your Composite Products for Winter
- Sweep or wash: The colder months see plenty of fallen leaves and debris which can settle on your composite deck and fence. Our composite decking has excellent anti-slip properties, however to avoid a potential slipping hazard it’s always best to clear any leaves and debris off the decking area. Also, if left to rot, this debris could stain your deck over time. Keep it safe and looking good by regularly sweeping or power-washing your deck or fence before debris has a chance to stain the composite boards. Take care not to miss any gaps between the boards.
- Trim trees: If any trees or branches overhang your deck, you might want to trim them back. This reduces the likelihood of any foliage falling on the deck and will prevent any unstable branches becoming victim to stormy weather. Likewise, if any plants are climbing your fence or encroaching too close, you may wish to cut them back.
- Clearing snow: Start by carefully shovelling off the bulk of the snow, ensuring you don’t scrape the decking with your shovel. For icy areas you can apply salt to dissolve the ice, we would always recommend testing this on a small inconspicuous, test area first before using this method on the whole decking area. Gently rinse away the slush and salt residue once the ice and snow have melted down. Get in touch with your manufacturer to hear more about which de-icing products they recommend.
- Get repairs done now: The beauty of composite decking is its longevity and resistance to wear-and-tear. Composite boards do not require any staining or sanding between seasons due to their low maintenance requirements. However, if your composite deck and subframe is very old and has enjoyed many years of use, you may wish to make any repairs prior to the harsher winter months. It’s likely that a timber subframe will fail before the composite boards therefore it’s always worth double checking this is still structurally stable.