Composite decking in your garden adds beauty to the landscape every season. When investing in an outdoor deck for your space, you will want to utilize it all year round to get the most out of your extended living area. Wooden decking can become slippery when wet, leading to injury. Of course, as a homeowner, your main priority for you and your family is staying safe. For this reason, composite is a perfect choice. Composite decking is engineered with safety in mind. Its anti-slip decking surface ensures a hazard-free environment to enjoy your time on with peace of mind.
Why Composite Decking Is Anti-Slip Decking Material
Composite decking is also known as plastic wood decking. The material composition of composite decking is wood and plastic fibres bonded together. It is unlike wood decking since composite is a synthetic material, therefore is stronger and more durable than wood decking.
This makes plastic wood decking an alternative non-slip patio material that you can use to build decking in your garden.
Another reason composite decking is the best non-slip decking alternative is the way the surface texture is finished. The boards are engineered with non-slip technology to ensure maximum safety.
Note that the slip resistance of your composite decking depends on the texture of your decking surface.
1 Composite Decking Non-Slip Decking Surface
The surface texture of our composite decking comes in wood grain or grooved-channel texture. Both surfaces make our product a non-slip decking alternative that you can use to build a patio in your garden. Let’s examine both of them:
2 Wood Grain Non-Slip Decking Surface Texture
Unlike plastic decking, which has a smooth surface finish, our composite decking has a wood grain non-slip surface. This makes your feet stay standing even when the decking is wet. The trick our decking expert used to make our plastic wood decking non-slip decking boards is simple. The wood grain finish is coarse and not smooth.
This coarse surface makes slipping difficult when you walk on it. If the surface is smooth, it will become slippery when it is wet. But this rough surface composite decking will not become slippery when it is wet. Our engineers work hard to ensure that our wood grain non-slip decking boards have no flat spots to provide more slip resistance than other composite boards in the market.
3 Grooved-Channel Surface Non-Slip Composite Decking
Our non-slip decking boards have grooved channels on their surface that provide traction support when you walk on your decking.
This makes gripping the road easy when your car moves on it. The same applies to your composite decking. The anti-slip surface texture has grooved channels that hold your foot or shoe when you move on it. It does not make the surface smooth because a smooth surface will make you slip when it is wet.
4 Resistant to Algae
Another reason our composite decking is a non-slip decking alternative to wood is that we design it so that algae cannot easily grow on it. Algae grow on moist surfaces and can be a hazard for slipping on a deck. Composite decking is more resistant to algae than wood decking due to its synthetic nature, so it is less likely to cause an issue of slipping on the deck surface.
5 Resistant to Mould and Mildew
Another reason our plastic wood decking is the best non-slip composite decking in the UK is that it is resistant to mould and mildew. Mould and mildew are like algae, but they are more difficult to remove. Mould and mildew will distort the surface of your decking. Aside from that, they will make your decking slippery when you walk on it after it has rained. This will cause a safety issue, and you might slip if you are not careful. As stated above, as composite is more resistant to mould than wooden decking, it is less prone to causing slippage.
How to Ensure that Your Composite Deck Retains Its Non-Slip Surface Texture
To ensure that your composite decking remains a non-slip decking alternative, you have to clean it regularly. To learn how to accurately maintain your composite decking, read our ultimate guide to composite maintenance.
1 Remove Mould and Mildew
Although composite decking has resistant properties to mould and mildew, it is not completely resistant to it. If you don’t maintain your decking accurately, mould will grow on it.
To ensure that mould doesn’t sprout on your decking, you should clean it regularly. If you discover mould or mildew on your decking, you should clean it immediately to avoid permanent staining. You should do this by scrubbing gently using soapy water and a soft bristle brush. When you are certain that you have removed the mould or mildew, you can rinse it with water.
2 Remove Algae
To ensure that your decking remains an anti-slip decking surface, you must remove algae immediately. You should follow the same process that you used to remove mould. All you need for the task is a brush and soapy water. Then you should scrub until you have removed the algae from the surface of your decking. You should rinse your decking with water and then ensure that the surface dries before using it. This will give you non-slip composite decking.
3 Clean Oil or Grease
Another way to ensure that your composite decking retains its non-slip surface-resistant property is to clean oil or grease if they spill on it. Oil can make the surface texture of your decking slippery and pose a hazard when you walk on your decking. So, to ensure your family’s safety and retain the appearance of your decking, you should immediately clean any layer of oil off.
Composite decking provides slip-resistant qualities that can protect you and your family from injury. Composite material is a better option than timber decking when installing your outdoor decking, as it offers more beneficial qualities to keep you and your family safe.