Getting ready for winter? Tips on Cleaning Your Deck This Fall

Are you worried about cleaning your composite deck before winter? Don’t, it’s easy! Although composite decking is very low maintenance, cleaning is important.  An exterior deck does require  a basic deck cleaning for composite decks. Ideal times to clean your composite deck are after installation and in the fall or spring.  You may purchase a composite deck cleaner at your local hardware shop.  If you prefer, you may use a combination of hot water and a soft bristle brush.

Cleaning Dirt and Debris From Composite Decking

For Dirt and Debris your deck should be sprayed with a hose to remove dirt from the surface. After you remove the loose dirt and debris from your composite deck use warm, soapy water and scrub with a soft bristle brush. This will allow you to remove the dirt and debris from the crevices of the embossing pattern.

It’s important to be careful when using Chalk Lines on your deck. You must make sure you are using the right type of chalk. High performance chalk lines are likely to discolor a composite or PVC deck, we recommend using a dust off marking chalk like Irwin brand in purple you can find this at www.Irwin.com. If you accidentally snap a chalk line with permanent or bright chalk immediately scrub the line with soap and hot water to remove it.

Remove Grease, Oil, Mold or Mildew from Composite Decking

You definitely want to try to remove any Oil, Grease or Food stains on your composite deck before the winter comes. To remove these stains spray them off with a hose and use warm soapy water with a soft bristle brush.

Mold and Mildew is always possible. Due to it feeding on biofilm you want to remove as soon as you see it forming.

Last but not least when the time comes to remove Ice and Snow from your composite deck a plastic shovel may be used. It’s safe to use rock salt or calcium chloride to melt the snow and ice from the deck surface.

If you need help or have any questions about cleaning your deck call us at 248-478-8660.

How to Safely Use a Fire Pit on Your Deck

Fall, also known as “bonfire and hoodie season” is quickly approaching as we close out our first week of September. Family and friends will gather around fire pits sharing stories, laughter, and making unforgettable memories. It is important to remember throughout all of the fun, that safety still has to be top priority.

Safely Using a Fire Pit on Your DeckDeck Safety

It is recommended that fire pits be used in areas that are open and away from decks or homes. With portable fire pits becoming more and more popular, it is becoming more frequent for homeowners to being using a fire pit on your deck space. It is important to remember that both wood decking and composite decking are flammable and can be damaged from the heat if your decking space is not properly protected.

Here are some steps to take to properly protect your deck from fire or damage.

  1. Find a safe location away from deck railings, decorations and your home. You
    want to be sure that if the wind blows the flames of your fire will not come in contact with anything that may increase the risk of starting a fire.
  2. Never place your fire pit directly on your deck. The heat from underneath the fire pit can cause damage to wood decking or composite decking. Damage such as warping, discoloration, or burn spots may occur. To avoid this, you can use fire pit pads, or create your own barrier with patio stones. When creating a barrier, you will want to extend it about two feet in all directions from the edge of your fire pit. This will help with embers or in the event the fire pit tips over, your deck will still be protected.
  3. Start your fire and cover with a fire pit screen. This will reduce flying embers and debris, while still allowing you to enjoy a full bonfire.

Due to the fact that you are starting a fire on a wood surface, it is important to take extra precautions. Something as small as an ember can cause your deck to catch fire. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher and hose readily available in the unfortunate event does occur.

Don’t have a deck? Are you looking to improve the value of your home by having a new deck built? Contact us today!