Frequently Asked Questions
How long should composite decking last?
Termites can’t damage composite decking installation material, and it won’t rot quickly. Besides, it won’t fade nor wear down even if you expose it to extreme temperatures.
Typically, when you buy composite for garden decking, it comes with a warranty of between 10 and 25 years.
Does composite decking require maintenance?
Composite decking has minimal maintenance requirements. At least twice a year, give your composite deck a thorough clean using brush and mild soap. Otherwise, remove debris like dust, leaves and dust regularly. Avoid power washers when cleaning your composite decking.
Is it necessary to paint or stain composite decking?
Decking builders don’t recommend staining or painting composite decking. These materials are already impregnated with a dye.
What are the requirements to install composite decking on my garden?
With standard woodworking tools, you can install your composite decks well because these material cut just lie wood. A decking builder or carpenter can help you install. With a circular saw, nails and screws, you are god to go.
What is the appropriate length for composite decking?
Perpendicular applications require 12 to 16 inches between joists. When you install at a 45-degree angle, 12 inches on centre gives incredible results.
Does composite decking expand and contract?
A change in temperature causes expansion and contraction. The exact amount of changes depends on the temperature of your locality and the temperature during installation. Typically, leave 3/16-inch – 1/4-inch gaps between boards. This allows for contraction, expansion and a natural flow of water
What is composite decking made of?
Though composite deck board look like real wood, it’s manufactured from a combination of plastic and wood fibres. These materials are recycled and free of chemical preservatives.
What are the available choices of colours and styles?
You can choose natural-looking (walnut and teak), silver or stained looks. Additionally, you can get grooved and smooth boards or reversible options with a realistic wood grain texture on one side and simple brushed texture on the other.
Timber decking FAQ
How do you remove stains and discolouration on timber decking?
Wooden decks are prone to staining especially from mildews. Apply bleach (undiluted) to the spot. If it disappears, cleanse with a mild cleanser and rinse with diluted bleach.
What causes wooden decks to be slippery, and how do you remove?
Moulds and mildews will make your timber very slippery. Remove the mould by using concentrated bleach, and rinsing wit dilute bleach. Apply a water-repellent stain and leave for 48 hours to dry.
For timber decks prone to slipperiness, use marine-grade anti-slip decking product. These products feature sand to provide extra traction. Besides, you can apply self-adhesive strips – those with a coarse grit surface. Place them to the front edges of the steps for extra grip.
How do you fix warped deck?
imber decks not well-treated or those in harsh weather conditions are prone to warping. Once you spot a warped deck (pronounced curvature), remove it using a pry bar. Then replace it with a straight deck, and hammer 2 nails at each crossbeam section.
Can you restore timber decking colour?
Just paint or stain it again. However, select paint that prevents water seepage. In this case, choose oil or paraffin paint. Still, you can opt for paint that features UV blockers if you stay in sunny areas or insect replant stain if there lots of bugs.
Before painting your deck, use stain-blocking oil or alkyd primer. Apply the paint/stain utilising a roller or spray, but ensure that the paint is even.
How do you care for your wood deck?
Wood is prone to rotting pressure-treated, that the one that isn’t pressure-treated. The sad part is that rotting occurs in laces you can quickly see –the underside of stair treads.
Replace all boards that have more than an inch deep of rot. Use pressure-treated and rot-resistant boards.