The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to spend a lot more time at home - and unsurprisingly, the people of Britain have been getting far more use out of their gardens during lockdown.
In a survey conducted by composite decking specialists TimberTech, 62.5% of respondents said that, since the COVID-19 outbreak, they have been out in the garden much more often than before (250 out of 400 responses).
A further 17% of respondents said they have been out in the garden slightly more often than before (68 out of 400 responses).
England entered its second nationwide lockdown yesterday. The new restrictions replace the multi-tier system that was previously in effect, means that people in all parts of England must now stay at home and avoid contact with other households. Meanwhile, Wales is nearing the end of a two-week 'firebreak' lockdown, but future lockdowns have not been ruled out.
Whichever part of the UK you call home, limits on where you can go and how many people you can meet will probably remain in force for some time yet. Yes, 2020 is nearly at an end, but even with a new year just around the corner, there's little reason to believe that the coronavirus pandemic will be over any time soon.
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.
How does TimberTech composite decking hold up in winter?
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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If you're adding a deck to your back garden, it's a good idea to include some built-in decking lights. Not only do they look great, they'll also make your deck safer to use after the sun has set - an important consideration if you plan to spend a lot of evenings on your new deck.