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How To Properly Care For Your New Composite Decking

by Cherly King

You made the best decision and opted for composite decking materials for your new custom deck, and the finished product is simply stunning. Even though composite decking is going to last you a lot longer than a regular wooden deck and serve your home well for many years to come, it does also need to be properly maintained. Take a look at a few things to keep in mind to properly care for your new composite deck so you will have it for as long as possible. 

Don't use a pressure washer to clean the deck. 

One of the best things about composite deck materials is that it has this durably finished sealant over the top that will thwart problems with moisture and discoloration. However, surface-level dirt can make the deck look dingy after several seasons of use. You may be tempted to pull out your pressure washer and clean away any grit and grime, but this must be avoided. High-pressure water can compromise the upper layer that acts as a sealant. In fact, some product manufacturers will void the warranty if you use a pressure washer to clean it. Instead, use a regular water hose and a soft scrubber to slough away and dirt. 

Keep debris swept off of the deck during the fall. 

When the leaves start to fall and the seasons are changing, do your part to make sure you keep your deck clear of any leaves and fallen debris. Leaves are like sponges that harbor loads of moisture, so when piles of them collect in the corners of the deck, it can lead to rot and water damage if they are left there for long periods of time. Make it a point to go out and clear your deck of any leaves or other debris throughout all the seasons just to be on the safe side. 

Make sure there is no prolonged water exposure on the deck. 

Poorly installed gutter systems, a leaking water hose, a dripping pet bowl — there are all kinds of ways water can spill onto your deck in a consistent manner. While the composite decking materials are resilient to water, constant drips onto the decking boards can cause the material to break down faster than what it should. Tend to any dripping or consistent water flow that comes in contact with the deck, and do what you can to thwart excess water in the area.