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If you dwell in a colder climate, you will likely deal with snow and ice on your composite decking. While composite decking provides a better outdoor space for your activities during the summer months, the snow can keep you off your decking during the winter months. Although snow accumulation might not damage your plastic wood decking like wood, removing snow is good. But how do you remove snow from your plastic wood decking surface? This write-up explains how to safely remove snow from composite decking and give tips on preparing your decking for winter. 

Composite Decking and Snow

Composite decking performs better when you expose it to the elements of weather than timber decking. One element of weather that can destroy timber decking is snow or cold weather. Snow accumulating on your timber might can the surface to shrink. Aside from that, melting snow can make moisture infiltrate timber decking. And when moisture infiltrates wood, it will swell and eventually rot. That is one problem wood decking have with snow. Composite decking has a plastic encapsulated surface that prevents moisture absorption. 

The encapsulated surface prevent swelling and rot when your decking is wet. So, if snow settles on your composite decking and eventually melt, the decking will not rot. This means that snow has little effect on plastic wood decking. But you might have to remove snow from your decking to enable free movement. If the decking is close to your door, snow can impede movement; that is why safely removing snow from composite decking is crucial. 

Preparing Your Composite Decking for Winter

To prepare your plastic wood decking for the winter period, you have to take the following steps:

  • Remove any dirt, leaves and debris,
  • Clean mould and mildew off the decking,
  • Move potted plants to one side,
  • Cover furniture and grill with a tarp.  

Remove Dirt, Leaves and Debris

Before covering your plastic wood decking for the winter period, you have to ensure that you remove dirt and leaves from the surface. Leaves, twigs and pollen that settles on your decking can decay over time. And when leaves decay, it will make mould and mildew grow on your decking. 

Clean Mould and Mildew

 Composite wood decking is resistant to mould, but that does not mean that mould cannot grow on the surface. Lack of maintenance will create a situation where decaying matters will settle on your deck surface. The decay will lead to mould and mildew growth. So, if you discover mould on your decking after thorough inspection, remove it before winter.

Move Potted Plant

If you decorate your plastic wood decking with a potted plant, you should remove the plant before you cover the decking when preparing for winter. The same goes for furniture and grill. Put furniture on one side and cover them to make your plastic wood decking free.

Doing these preparations will enable you to protect your plastic wood decking and make it last longer.  

Removing Snow from Composite Decking

remove snow from composite decking

The way garden owners remove snow from composite decking is different from how they remove it from their walkway. Plastic wood decking has a beautiful surface texture that must be handled carefully. So, garden owners must take an extra step to remove snow from their deck surface safely. To remove snow:

  • Do use a broom if you have a small amount on your decking,
  • Use a leaf blower for a few inches of snow, 
  • Use a shovel for deep snow, 
  • Push the snow parallel to the deck boards.

Use a Broom for Small Snow

If you have a small amount of snow on your plastic wood decking, you can easily use a broom to sweep it off. A broom is the fastest way to get rid of snow on your deck and will not scratch it in the process. So, garden owners should sweep snow off their decking with a broom if it is in a small quantity. 

Use Leaf Blower for a Few Inches of Snow

At times, you might have a few inches of snow on your plastic wood decking. Using a broom will not be easy in this case. So, the best way to get rid of snow is for garden owners to use a leaf blower. 

Use a Shovel to Remove Deep Snow

If there is a large accumulation of snow on your plastic wood decking, using a shovel to push it away is the best option. Ensure that you push the snow parallel to the decking boards to avoid scratching them. 

Conclusion

To safely remove snow from composite decking, you can use a broom to remove a small amount, use a leaf blower to remove a few inches or use a shovel to remove deep snow. 

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