Composite Decking is incredibly strong, long-lasting, and durable. But there are a few problems that pop up from time to time, so we asked our professionals to share their troubleshooting tips with us so you can keep your composite decking looking brand-new for a long time.
How To Get Rid Of Dirt And Fungus From My Composite Deck?
Maintenance Free Garden Glasgow’s composite decking requires very little maintenance, but it does need to be cleaned regularly to keep it looking its best.
The tips listed below will help maintain your decking looking brand-new throughout the entire year:
- Clear the decking area of all furniture and other items.
- Clean the decks, clearing it of any dirt such as leaves.
- To ensure efficient drainage, remove all dirt from the spaces between the boards.
- Using a soft mop or very soft nylon bristle brush, apply the cleaning solution to the deck’s surface as instructed on the bottle and gently work it into the surface. 15 to 20 minutes should be allotted for the solution to sit. Contact us for help if you’re uncertain which cleanser to use.
- Repeat the process with any remaining solution, then quickly rinse the surface with a garden hose to ensure that all of the solutions have been removed.
- Avoid the temptation to use a jet wash. Your composite decking can be cleaned and restored with our recommended WPC cleaner and a normal garden hose, but that is because some jet wash machines produce high pressure, and you risk the possibility of damaging the deck surface.
- Before placing any furniture or other accessories back, allow the decking to completely dry. Please get assistance from our Technical Department on how to get rid of any stains that are tough to remove. Please avoid using harsh chemicals or a jet wash as they could damage the surface.
What Causes The Boards On My Composite Deck To Warp?
Poor installation is the main reason for bent composite decking boards. All composite boards must have appropriate ventilation and airflow systems, as well as expansion holes. Your boards’ warping or bending will be due to one of the following factors:
- Improper fitting centres: Depending on the type of the decking board, centres should be between 600mm and 450mm or less.
- Wrong expansion gaps: There should be a 5mm space between the board ends and a 5-10mm space between the deck and any nearby walls or fences.
- incorrect screw position: The distance between screws and the end of the boards should be 20 to 40mm.
- No sharing of bearer: One bearer should not be shared by the two ends of two composite boards. This will have an effect on the points above and cause the boards to warp.
- Wrong quantities of screws: There must be two screws at each joist location.
- Poor ventilation and drainage gaps: A minimum 5mm or 10mm gap is required for ventilation. Your deck may warp if it is not properly ventilated.
- Lack of a gap underdeck: Between the bottom of the deck board and the original floor level, there must be at least an 80mm gap.
It should be possible for you to fix the problem and stop your boards from warping in the future. For additional information, contact our experts right away.
What Is The Reason For My Deck Boards Fading?
Our boards are made from recyclable materials and hardwood fibres, which, although better than softwood, may lose colour pigment with time. Weathering is a common process that will cause some fading over the course of the first few months, giving the surface a more textured appearance. Nearly all outdoor building materials show this. The boards can be constructed from darker polymers and woods, giving them a variable tint between batch runs, depending on the supply we have at the moment. Talk to our skilled staff if you’re worried about the deck boards on your deck fading.
Reasons Why Composite Decking’s Screws Shearing?
These are the main causes of screws shearing:
- Boards and bearers for predrilling are missing.
- Using Wrong Screws– Metalwork that is 1.5 to 5 mm thick should use our colour-coded balcony screws. Use our HD non-Colour coded screws for larger gauge screws.
Why Is Water Collecting On My Composite Decking?
Most likely, improper installation or a failure to follow the installation guide will result in water collecting on your composite decking. The following are the main reasons why:
- Poor ventilation and drainage gaps: The ventilation gap must be at least 5mm or 10mm wide.
- Wrong Centres: Depending on the design of the decking board, centres should be no more than 450mm or no more than 600mm apart.
- The framework of the joist has a minor sag, which has caused water to collect at that fixing point.
Talk to our skilled service team about a solution if you are worried about water collecting on your composite decking.
Contact us right away if you have any problems with your composite decking, whether it be one of the abovementioned or something else entirely. Maintenance Free Garden Glasgow will help you restore your Composite Decking to its original state.