Maintenance Tips for Long-Lasting Composite Decks in Calgary
Across Calgary, homeowners are on the hunt for ways to keep their composite decks looking like new. A popular option for many in Calgary, composite decks are known for their longevity and low maintenance needs – but this doesn’t mean they don’t require proper care.
At Maritime West Construction, we work with homeowners every day to bring high-quality composite decks to life. We know that keeping your deck in pristine condition for years to come comes down to proper maintenance.
In this guide, we’ll look at the top tips that all Calgary homeowners should keep in mind when caring for their composite decks.
Understanding Composite Decks
Composite decking offers a remarkable solution for homeowners in Calgary seeking a long-lasting and low-maintenance deck option.
We proudly endorse and utilize the TREX brand for our composite decking projects. Let’s explore why composite decks, especially those crafted with TREX materials, are preferred and how they elevate your outdoor living experience.
6 Benefits of Composite Decks:
- Durability and Low-Maintenance: Composite decks are engineered to withstand Calgary’s unpredictable weather. They resist warping, rotting, splintering, and insect damage, ensuring a long lifespan. They offer low maintenance, eliminating the need for regular staining, sealing, or sanding like traditional wood decks.
- Aesthetics: Composite decks offer the beauty of natural wood without the downsides. With a wide range of colours, textures, and finishes available, you can achieve the desired look for your outdoor space while maintaining a consistent appearance throughout the years.
- Fade and Stain Resistance: Composite decking materials, particularly those from TREX, are designed to resist fading and staining. This ensures that your deck retains its vibrant colour and pristine appearance even after years of exposure to Calgary’s intense sunlight and occasional spills.
- Splinter-Free and Barefoot-Friendly: Composite decks provide a smooth and splinter-free surface, making them safe and comfortable for walking barefoot or for children and pets to play on.
- Environmentally Friendly: Composite decks, especially those made with reclaimed materials like TREX, contribute to a sustainable future by reducing the demand for virgin wood and minimizing plastic waste sent to landfills.
- Value for Money: While the initial investment for a composite deck may be higher than traditional wood, the long-term cost savings in maintenance and replacement make it a cost-effective choice. Additionally, the enhanced aesthetics and durability of composite decks can increase the value of your property.
Essential Maintenance Guidelines for Composite Decks
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your composite deck in top condition and maximizing its lifespan. Here are some essential guidelines specifically tailored for composite decks in Calgary’s climate:
1) Regular Cleaning:
Regularly cleaning your composite deck helps prevent the buildup of dirt, debris, and organic matter that can lead to staining or mold growth. Follow these steps for effective cleaning:
- Sweep the deck to remove loose debris.
- Use a mild soap or composite deck cleaner recommended by the manufacturer.
- Scrub the deck surface with a soft-bristle brush or non-abrasive pad.
- Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer on a low setting.
- Allow the deck to dry completely before using it again.
2) Addressing Stains:
While composite decks resist stains, occasional spills or accidents may occur. Here’s how to tackle common stains without damaging your deck:
- Act quickly and blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Use a mild household cleaner or a composite deck stain remover for oil-based stains.
- A mixture of warm water and mild soap should suffice for food, grease, or wine stains.
- Gently scrub the stained area with a soft brush or sponge.
- Rinse thoroughly with water and let the deck air dry.
3) Mold and Mildew Prevention:
Although composite decks naturally resist mold and mildew, certain conditions may promote their growth. Take these preventive measures to maintain a mold-free deck:
- Trim nearby trees or plants to allow proper airflow and sunlight.
- Regularly remove leaves, debris, or organic matter accumulating on the deck surface.
- Keep the deck dry by promptly removing standing water or snow accumulation.
- If you notice any signs of mold or mildew, clean the affected area with a composite deck cleaner and brush, followed by a thorough rinse.
4) Protection Against Harsh Calgary Weather:
Calgary’s climate can be challenging, but your composite deck can withstand the elements with proper protection. Consider these measures:
- Clear snow promptly using a plastic shovel or broom with soft bristles to avoid scratching the deck surface.
- Avoid using salt or ice melt products containing chloride, as they can cause discolouration or corrosion on composite materials.
- Place furniture pads or protective mats under heavy outdoor furniture to prevent scratching or indentations.
- Consider installing a canopy, pergola, or umbrella to provide shade and shield the deck from direct sunlight or extreme weather conditions.
- Regularly inspect the deck for any loose boards, fasteners, or potential damage and make necessary repairs promptly.
The Maritime West Construction Advantage
At Maritime West Construction, we take great pride in our commitment to delivering exceptional composite deck solutions that stand the test of time in Calgary’s climate.
Our dedication to quality materials and expert construction techniques sets us apart. Here are 5 ways we ensure the longevity and durability of your composite deck:
1) Using High-Quality Materials: We exclusively work with the renowned TREX brand for composite decking projects.
TREX is known for its exceptional quality, durability, and resistance to fading, staining, and mold. By choosing TREX, we ensure your deck is built with the finest composite materials.
2) Being Expert Craftsmanship: Our team of skilled and experienced composite deck builders follows meticulous construction techniques to ensure your deck’s structural integrity and longevity.
From precise measurements to proper installation of boards, railings, and fasteners, we pay attention to every detail to create a deck that looks beautiful and performs exceptionally.
3) Customized Design Solutions: We understand that every homeowner has unique preferences and requirements. Our design team works closely with you to create a customized deck design that complements your outdoor space and enhances your lifestyle. Whether you envision a cozy retreat or an expansive entertainment area, we bring your vision to life.
4) Our Attention to Detail: We believe the little details make a big difference. Our team pays close attention to the finishing touches, such as concealed fasteners, smooth transitions, and clean lines, ensuring your composite deck’s seamless and polished look.
5) A Comprehensive Warranty: At Maritime West Construction, we stand behind the quality of our work. We offer comprehensive warranties on materials and craftsmanship, providing peace of mind and assurance that your deck investment is protected.
With Maritime West Construction, you can trust that your composite deck will be built to withstand the unique challenges of Calgary’s climate while providing you with a stunning outdoor space for relaxation, entertaining, and making lasting memories.
Contact us today for a consultation, and let us create a durable and stunning composite deck that will be the envy of your Calgary neighbourhood. Invest in a deck that will not only withstand the test of time but also elevate your outdoor living experience.