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Snow on decking

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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