When winter arrives, some people cover their deck to protect it from the harsh weather.
This may be a good idea if you have a traditional wooden deck - although it has been suggested that covering up your deck can limit airflow and potentially cause your boards to warp and buckle. Check with your decking manufacturer before you throw a tarp over your deck for the season.
If you have a TimberTech deck, there's no need to cover your deck during the winter months. Our durable composite decking is highly moisture-resistant and won't be damaged by inclement weather, even if we have a white Christmas and snow begins to pile up on your deck.
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One drawback of hardwood decking is how easily a wooden deck can turn into a skating rink in the winter. Water collects in the grooves in the wood, then freezes during cold snaps, resulting in a perilously slippery surface.
This is not a problem for TimberTech decking. Our composite boards are slip resistant and don't collect as much water, so there's less risk of them freezing over.
However, if your TimberTech deck does get covered in ice or snow, be sure to bear these tips in mind:
- When removing snow from your deck, use a plastic shovel. Do not use a metal shovel, as this may damage your deck boards.
- Use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt any ice that forms on your deck. Do not attempt to break or chip away at the ice; again, this can end up damaging your deck.
- When the weather warms up again, you can power-wash your deck to remove any residual salts (maximum pressure: 1,500 psi).
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TimberTech composite decking is very low maintenance. Our deck boards never have to be stained or deep cleaned - unlike hardwood decking products, they will last for decades with virtually no upkeep whatsoever.
However, we do recommend cleaning your deck occasionally to maintain its appearance. You can use a power washer to do this.
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The following advice is taken from the TimberTech Installation and Maintenance Guide.
As even the briefest glance at TimberTech UK's decking gallery will assure you, the decks that we supply look absolutely fabulous once installed. The question is, how do you keep your deck looking good going forward?
The answer, happily, is a fairly short one. One of the best things about composite decking is the fact that it requires practically zero maintenance, staying beautiful with minimal effort on your part (click here to learn more about the low-maintenance properties of our decking range).
However, while caring for composite decking is a significantly less labour-intensive task than looking after other materials, there are still a few things you can do to ensure that your TimberTech deck continues to look as good as it possibly can:
- Power washing your deck every so often is a great way to ensure its continued high performance. While this method can cause wooden decks to become slippery and damaged, this is not a problem for our composite wood boards, which are far less absorbent than their traditional timber counterparts.
- We also recommend using deck cleaner to keep your deck in peak condition. Feel free to contact TimberTech UK if you'd like us to recommend a suitable deck cleaning product.
And that's just about it - caring for our composite decking really is as simple as the occasional wash and clean!
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August is almost over and September is tying up its laces, which means that the leaves will soon be turning orange and the nights drawing in. That's right, everyone - Autumn is on the horizon!
If you have a deck in the garden - or if you're planning to add one soon - you may well be wondering what the turning of the seasons means for your boards. The good news is that, if your deck is made of TimberTech composite decking, the answer is 'practically nothing'; our low-maintenance composite wood is exceptionally resilient and requires virtually zero maintenance no matter what page of the calendar you're on.
That being said, there are a couple of things that you may wish to do just to make sure that your composite deck looks its best all through autumn and winter:
- Keep it free of leaves and branches. If you have any trees overlooking your garden, your deck may get covered in dead leaves as autumn wears on. This isn't a great look, so be sure to sweep away any debris to keep your decking beautiful.
- Give the boards a clean. When you're preparing your garden for autumn, consider giving your deck boards a quick wash with a suitable deck cleaner. You should only have to do this once to keep things splendid for the entire season; feel free to contact TimberTech UK if you would like us to recommend a deck cleaner for your composite decking.
And that's pretty much it! Our composite decking is guaranteed against splitting, rotting, decaying and warping, so you won't have to worry about any of those issues no matter how bad the weather gets. You won't even need to seal your decking; just sit back and enjoy the beauty of autumn!
Click here to learn more about our low-maintenance composite decking, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a quotation for your garden deck.
When it comes to choosing the right material for your outdoor deck you are inundated with different options. The decision-making process can be a little overwhelming: do I want PVC, plastic or composite decking? What are they and what is the difference between the three? This guide aims to answer all of your questions about PVC, plastic and composite decking, helping you find the right decking material for your project with ease.
The primary benefit of plastic decking is its low-maintenance nature. This synthetic decking option requires little to no looking after, and once it’s laid down your job is pretty much over. Having said this, plastic decking cannot provide the gorgeous natural look and feel of natural wooden decking and often comes in a limited shade range, so while you might be getting a low-maintenance decking choice you are likely compromising the aesthetic qualities of your garden too.
- Low maintenance option
- Not as aesthetically pleasing as wood/composite
- Water resistant but slippery in wet conditions
PVC decking is considered to be slightly more sophisticated than plastic decking (despite it coming under the plastic family). It is made entirely from polyvinyl chloride, an incredibly hard and strong plastic, so requires little to no maintenance after installation. PVC decking offers significant fade, stain and mould resistance and a number of varying colour options providing a more diverse choice than plastic decking, but still doesn't have the gorgeous wooden deck feel that most people prefer.
- Likely to be the most expensive option
- Artificial finish
- Water resistant but slippery in wet conditions
Composite decking is made partially from plastic but contains a blend of wood and polymer to imitate the gorgeous earthy tones of wood decking with the moisture resistance of plastic decking. As well as looking the part, composite decking is easy to maintain and is close to natural wood in the way it feels underfoot - providing excellent grip! It is an environmentally-friendly option, with its wood and plastic components often saved from landfill sites. Composite decking is often easier to work with and install than plastic decking because it behaves more like wooden decking.
- Easy to work with
- Excellent slip-resistance and moisture resistant
- Similar in appearance to wood decking
So when it comes to choosing your garden deck, it might seem like you’re inundated with choice, but really, there is only one answer: composite decking. If you’re still not entirely convinced then why not browse our composite decking range, order a sample and observe and feel the high-quality and aesthetically pleasing properties of TimberTech decking for yourself!