Maintaining Your Composite Deck: Tips for Keeping It in Top Condition

Family enjoying dinner with deck lighting on a deck installed by Deck Tech in Richmond, VA.

Composite decking offers homeowners the beauty of wood without the intensive maintenance traditional wood decking requires. However, like any outdoor material, it still needs some care to stay in top shape. At Deck Tech, we understand the unique needs of composite decks, especially with the climate in Richmond. Here’s how you can maintain your composite deck to ensure it lasts beautifully for years to come.

Regular Cleaning

Routine Sweeping: The simplest step in maintaining your composite deck is regular sweeping. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris with a broom to prevent any buildup that could stain the deck or encourage mildew growth.

Washing: Periodically, your deck will benefit from a more thorough wash. Use warm soapy water and a soft-bristle brush to clean the deck surface. This method is effective in removing dirt and grime without damaging the deck material. For oil or grease stains, specially formulated composite deck cleaners are recommended.

Spot Treat Stains Immediately

Composite decking is designed to resist staining, but it’s still important to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Food, grease, and other substances can leave marks if left untreated. Using a composite deck cleaner and following the manufacturer’s instructions for tough stains can keep your deck looking new. Our crew of experts discusses all of these scenarios during the consultation phase of your deck build and we’re always here to answer questions.

Check for Mold and Mildew

Especially in humid climates or shady areas, mold and mildew can be a problem. To clean mold and mildew, use a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to protect your deck’s finish.

Avoid Damaging Practices

Harsh Chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners that can damage the surface of your composite deck. Bleach-based cleaners and power washing should be avoided as they can strip the finish and potentially void your warranty.

No Painting or Staining: Composite decking does not require painting or staining. These processes can damage the surface and are not necessary for maintenance.

Furniture Pads: Use furniture pads under outdoor furniture to prevent scratches and dings on your deck’s surface.

Maintain the Area Around Your Deck

Proper Ventilation: Ensure your deck has adequate ventilation and drainage to prevent moisture buildup that can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Trim Plants: Keep bushes and plants trimmed back from the deck to minimize the risk of moisture transfer and to allow air circulation.

Annual Inspections

At least once a year, conduct a thorough inspection of your deck. Check for any signs of wear or damage such as loosened boards, railing issues, or structural concerns. Tighten any loose screws and replace damaged boards as needed to maintain safety and integrity.

Consult with Deck Tech for Expert Deck Maintenance

If you’re in the Richmond area and have a composite deck, or are considering installing one, Deck Tech is your go-to expert for maintenance and care. Our team is skilled in handling the specific needs of composite decking, ensuring that your investment remains in pristine condition for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a maintenance check-up. Let us help you enjoy a beautiful, durable deck without the hassle. With Deck Tech, your deck maintenance is in expert hands.

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