IF YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SLIPPERY DECK PROBLEM, FROM DECKING OILS TO CORRECT CLEANING METHODS, READ LONDON DECKING’S INFORMATIVE BLOG POST.
In the summer months, the weather tends to be kind to your garden decking. The sunshine dries the decking out, killing most mould and mildew lurking on the surface of your decking, giving it a new lease of life. In the winter, however, with reduced decking use and less friendly weather, your deck can retain water to create a slippy, dangerous surface. Below are some tips which will help you to combat your slippery deck problems throughout the year.
In order to keep your decking in top condition, it should be cleaned regularly. Jet washing may be one way to maintain the state of the deck, however this method shouldn’t be used all year. In winter, try to avoid using a jet washer on the decking. The decking will need time to dry or else the wood panelling will begin to rot and break away. Even in the summer months, it is best to jet wash the decking on a lower setting and at a considerable distance to minimise any damage a pressure washer could cause.
Most hardware shops will provide an anti-slip decking oil, which offers a matt finish that is highly resistant to water and acts as a dirt repellant. Once applied, the finished decking will retain its natural wooden look whilst providing protection against slippery decks. Most anti-slip decking oils will be made with natural ingredients which effectively protect against decking nuisances, such as bacteria or mould. Remember to take into consideration that you cannot use anti-slip oils over painted decks, or else it will not work effectively.
Anti-Slip Decking Strips
Anti-slip decking strips have been specifically designed to tackle the problem of slippery decks. These small slips can be easily screwed into place over the existing timber panels, creating a non-slip surface without much fuss. The anti-slip strips are designed to be durable and hardwearing, and won’t detract from the original aesthetic appeal of the decking.