With temperatures likely to drop over the coming months, it’s time to start thinking about how to deal with ice and snow that forms on your DesignBoard composite decking. Being a step ahead of the frost will mean you can continue to use your decking throughout winter. Below sets out everything you need to know for best practices for removing ice and snow from your decking.
If you simply want to use your decking as a walkway from ‘a to b’, you need only to clear a pathway. To establish a walkway, sprinkle white rock salt along the required route. Leave the salt to get to work and in no time, you should be able to pass over your decking safely.
For the more adventurous decking owner who wishes to use their garden whatever the weather, repeat the same process as above but across the entirety of your decking. Then wrap-up under a blanket, or add fuel to your fire pit, and enjoy some winter sun.
If ice is expected, then this process can also be used to help prevent ice forming. Sprinkle the rock salt where required to avoid slipping on ice that may develop.
It is worth noting the importance of using white rock salt as oppose to grit salt. Grit salt may scratch the surface of your composite decking. To ensure your decking is not damaged by the de-icing process only use white rock salt.
When clearing snow from your decking the best course of action is to firstly sweep the snow using a soft brush. Next apply white rock salt to break down any ice that may have formed underneath the snow. Be advised that a shovel may damage the surface of your composite deck boards, so we do not recommend the use of one to clear snow.
Finally, a few pointers to take note of; salts can be corrosive to certain materials or effect their finish. You should be cautious of walking salt through your home if you have natural stone flooring (stone such as limestone and polished granite can be damaged by sodium chloride). Salts can also irritate pets, so make sure you wash their paws if they walk over an area that has been treated with salt.
As with any outdoor surface during the winter months, we always recommend taking extra care when walking on DesignBoard Composite Decking. Wearing appropriate footwear and exercising caution is always best. Applying salt to a small, or inconspicuous test area is also recommended.
Once winter has passed and we start seeing the warm light of day again you may notice some white residue that has been left by the salt treatment. This can easily be cleaned off, applying usual practices for cleaning decking, including the use of a light jet wash.
You are now armed with all the information you need to overcome the cold weather. By following this process, you will be able to continue to enjoy the use of your DesignBoard composite decking throughout the colder months.
For more care advice, and how to maintain your decking to the best standard our DesignBoard composite decking general manager, Antony Pasquini can help answer any questions that you may have.