Now that so many people are working from home, they’re really taking the time to consider their gardens and ways they can be improved.
Before COVID-19, I’m sure a lot of you would avoid using your gardens throughout the autumn and winter months because, quite frankly, you didn’t need to. Besides being far too cold to relax, there are lots of common garden features that become dangerous when the temperature drops.
If you’ve noticed that your wooden decking turns into an ice rink the minute the temperature drops, you might be thinking about upgrading your decking. If so, I’d highly recommend looking at composite decking. Here’s why…
One of the main reasons why composite decking is such a good investment for the winter is because it offers much more grip than traditional timber deck boards.
Real-wood is known for being a porous material which means it takes on surface water easily. Once the water seeps into the boards, all that’s required to turn your deck into an ice rink is a frosty night! In the spring months, you may notice that algae, fungus and mould have started growing on the damp surface of your boards, making them a slip hazard long after winter passes us by.
When water freezes it expands which can lead to cracks and splinters. All of these things can make the idea of using your wooden deck in autumn/winter very unappealing, but it doesn’t have to be this way!
Manufacturers of composite decking looked at the way that water ingress affected real-wood boards and was able to come up with an ingenious slip, split and splinter-resistant alternative. Composite deck boards feature a polymer cap on the outside that prevents water from seeping into the boards.
In fact, high-quality composite decking absorbs as little as 1.2% of all surface water, making it far less likely to freeze or develop a mould or algae problem. That’s why composite decking is quickly gaining popularity in gardens up and down the country.
This year, more than most, people are straying away from anything that’s going to cause unnecessary stress. There’s enough going on in the world as it is without having a high-maintenance back garden to upkeep too!
When compared to traditional wood decking, composite decking is a breeze to maintain and will scarcely need your attention at all. Wood decking often requires a new coat of stain and sealant before and after winter because the cold and wet conditions damage the surface of the boards.
The polymer sleeve around composite deck boards means you never need to stain or seal your decking. It will keep your decking looking its best regardless of the weather! All that composite decking requires to keep it looking its best is a wipe over with warm soapy water to remove surface dirt.
Not only will you save money because you won’t need to buy stains and sealants, but you’ll also find yourself feeling a lot less stressed about the maintenance your garden will require in the spring.
That’s why composite decking is an ideal alternative to wood during the colder months! If you’re turning your attention towards your garden this winter, I hope you’ll take these points on board and consider composite decking.