Let’s start with an easy concept: everything exposed to the weather is affected by it. Rain, dust, dirt, change of temperature. These will all have an effect.
Composite or Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) decking is a mixture of wood and plastic. The plastic component makes it more resistant but it’s not indestructible. The wood (we use a responsibly sourced wood FSC 100% certified) is still a living material; it absorbs water and can be susceptible to fungal attack and expansion. But don’t worry, it’s more resistant than traditional wood and it needs less maintenance. With a few of our tips, we will help your product last as long as possible.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?
First of all you need to install it properly. Usually, you just need to follow the installation guides provided with your decking. You can also refer to our post in the useful tips section ‘Get the best out of your decking with the right Composite Decking Installation. Always remember three key points: drainage, support and expansion.
Once it’s properly installed, you have done the hardest part of the job.
Now let’s see how to upkeep it.
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE DOES WPC DECKING REQUIRE?
Good news: you don’t need to paint it!
To wash it, use a brush and hot soapy water. For water stains or any marks caused by birds, berries or leaves, use a soft cleaning detergent to wash off. For harder stains such as marks containing dyes that leave permanent stains, clean the surface using wire wool or sandpaper lightly to carefully remove. If using a power washer to clean your product, keep a distance of at least 30cm from the boards.
Do not use solvent based materials.
If you do it regularly, 4/5 times a year, your decking will look good and last for a long time.
If you need any further assistance, contact us. We will be pleased to assist you with all the information you need