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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When you make improvements to your property, you increase its potential resale value, meaning that you'll be able to ask a higher price for it should you ever decide to sell.
Building an extension is a popular way to boost home value, but there are also plenty of things you can do in the garden to make your property more desirable.
A customer named Ben recently sent us some smashing 'before and after' photos of his back garden, which has been totally transformed with the help of our EasyClean Edge Maritime Grey composite decking.
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.
Power washing a deck - photo by Olger Fallas Painting (via Flickr)
The following advice is taken from the TimberTech Installation and Maintenance Guide.
We recently received a message from Mr Jones, a former customer of ours. He installed his TimberTech deck 12 years ago, and we were thrilled to see that it's still in great condition!
Here's the photo he sent us: