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WADE BUILDING SUPPLIES | GARDEN DECKING IN AUTUMN WITH DEBRIS FROM HIGH WINDS AND RAIN

How to Stop Decking from being Slippery

Autumn is here, and the Winter Weather Conditions are now on the Horizon.

During our Long, Hot Summer, you may have extended your Outdoor Space using Low Maintenance Wooden Decking or made the most of your existing Platform.

With the Lack of Rain and Wind, your Deck Boards Surface has probably remained reasonably Dry and free of Debris.

Preparing your Surface is essential as we move into the Winter Months with more adverse weather conditions.

Preparation and Maintenance through the Winter will stop Decking from being slippery and Extend the Life of your Decking Boards.

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Slippery Decking Causes

Slippery Conditions on your Platform are expected during the wet and colder seasons and can be caused by

  • Water

Wet areas can be hazardous as water build-up gathers, especially in grooved decking areas.

  • Moss and Algae

Excess Moisture and Less Light during Winter may lead to Moss and Algae on your Decks.

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  • Other Debris

As the Seasons change and the Light Drops, fallen Leaves and Debris from High Winds and Rain will be a Common Sight and, if Left, will likely cause a Slip Hazard.

There are many ways to ensure your Decking stays Safe to walk on.

Slippery Deck Prevention

Remember, the key is Prevention to make your Decking safe and to avoid a constant accumulation of Water, Moss and Debris.

  • Water

Water is your friend and enemy. You are likely to use Water through a Pressure Washer, Hose Pipe, or Watering Can to clean your Deck.

But Rain Water will be a breeding ground for Algae and, in excess, can cause a Slip Hazard.

If you are not using your Decking during the Autumn and Winter, you could consider covering it with a Tarp or Rubber Mats.

If purchased from a Reputable Supplier, your Decking will likely have some form of Treatment to protect it from Moisture.

Applying a Slip Resistant Coating or non-slip strips in Grooved Boards will help with Grip and will likely add extra protection to the Timber.

When applying any Chemical to your Timber, always check the Manufacturer's Recommendations.

In the Depth of Winter, the Water or Moisture will likely turn to Ice or Frost.

It is not recommended to cover your Timber with a Gritted Surface or remove ice with a Spade or Rake.

Remember you want to protect your Timber, and using a rigid tool such as Metal Spade is likely to cause damage to the Wood.

  • Wood Deck Algae and Moss

Grooved Decking is more difficult for Growth, but ensure you Inspect your Decking regularly and keep an eye out for Green Specks or Marks.

Chemical Treatments are available, but check to ensure any treatment will not impact the integrity of your Timber.

  • Remove Debris for a Non-Slip Deck

A Simple Process with the Biggest Result.

Brushing Debris from your Deck Area every week or when you notice a lot of Debris will increase the Timber's life and help make your Decking non-slip.

Take a look at the Deck Cleaning Process. 

Please note we are not affiliated with this Video and always recommend checking any advice given in Instructional Videos to ensure it meets your requirements. 

Conclusion

You can stop Decking being slippery with these simple maintenance techniques, and this will add value when the Spring arrives, and you can quickly move outside and utilise our precious outdoor space.

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