While composite decks require far less maintenance than wood decking, they do need some minimal care to keep them looking their best. You can ensure a top-notch customer service experience by giving homeowners the information they need to properly care for their composite decks.
After you’ve installed composite decking, share these simple tips with your customers:
- Regularly sweep your deck to keep grit and debris from collecting on it.
- To clean your deck, use an all-purpose cleaner or deck cleaner that’s safe for composite materials. To ensure it won’t discolor or damage your deck, first test the cleaning compound on a small patch of your deck that’s not highly visible.
- Do not use heavy-duty wood deck res- toration products on composite decks. They’re not made for use on synthetic materials.
- Power wash your deck when it requires extra cleaning.
- Avoid using a metal shovel to remove snow and ice in the winter. Instead, use a plastic shovel to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging your deck.
- To melt ice on your deck, use calcium chloride or another ice-melt compound that’s safe on synthetic surfaces.
- Position screens, awnings, and landscaping to prevent the reflection from low-E glass in windows and sliding doors from directly hitting a composite deck. The heat from low-E reflections can cause increased expansion and contraction of composite decks.
- Use breathable natural fiber mats rather than rubber-backed mats on your deck. If left in place for an extended period
of time, rubber-backed mats can cause discoloration of the deck’s surface.
If you have any questions about these tips or other aspects of composite deck care, give us a call!