Fall Care for Timeless Decks: Maintaining Your Low-Maintenance Composite Decking


September 19, 2023

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As the leaves start to turn and the crispness of fall fills the air, it’s time to ensure that your beloved low-maintenance composite decking retains its allure throughout the changing seasons. At Signature Decks, where quality is paramount, we understand that even the most durable decks need a little TLC to keep them looking their best. In this blog post, we’re sharing the steps to maintain your composite decking as fall approaches, ensuring that your outdoor haven remains a timeless masterpiece.

Step 1: A Gentle Sweep and Rinse Bid farewell to summer’s joys and give your decking a fresh start. Begin by sweeping away leaves, debris, and dirt that may have accumulated. A gentle rinse with a hose will remove any lingering residue and prepare your decking for the upcoming season.

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Step 2: Address Stains Promptly During fall, leaves and the occasional spillover from your pumpkin-spiced latte can lead to stains. The key here is promptness. If you notice a stain, tackle it swiftly using warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Composite decking is known for its stain resistance, but quick action ensures that your decking remains pristine.

Step 3: Mind the Gaps and Grooves As the seasons change, moisture can accumulate in the gaps between your deck boards. Regularly clearing these gaps prevents potential issues, especially in areas with temperature fluctuations. A quick sweep or use of a specialized tool can prevent moisture buildup and help maintain your deck’s longevity.

Step 4: Consider Mold and Mildew Prevention Fall’s dampness can create an environment ripe for mold and mildew growth. The good news? Most composite decking, including the brands we use, is resistant to these nuisances. However, it’s wise to keep an eye out and treat any signs promptly with a mild detergent or specialized cleaner.

Step 5: Protect from Falling Debris Fallen leaves, pine needles, and other debris can accumulate on your decking. While composite decking is resilient, prolonged exposure to organic matter might require a bit more attention. Regularly clear debris to maintain your deck’s polished appearance.

Step 6: Check for Loose or Damaged Boards Before the weather gets harsher, it’s a great idea to perform a quick check for any loose or damaged boards. Tighten any loose fasteners and replace any boards showing signs of wear. Composite decking’s durability is a plus here, but proactive maintenance ensures a safe and beautiful deck.

As fall rolls in, taking care of your low-maintenance composite decking is easy. Our decking is built to last through the seasons, and a little TLC keeps your outdoor space cozy and inviting. Just follow these steps to keep your deck looking great year after year while you enjoy some hot cocoa and the beauty of autumn in your well-kept oasis.

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