Composite decking looks similar to solid wood such as cherry and walnut. It looks great, lasts a long time, and is strong and durable. It is now more common than using solid wood decking. It is strong, dense, and does not attract bugs, which is why it has been a favorite in many homes since its introduction.
As with wood, the composite decking material does not scratch easily though. However, scratches and scuffs are always a possibility. Since it is subjected to sun, rain, and other harsh weather outdoors, it needs some protection. Many people have probably had problems with their decks getting scratched. Since the deck is outside, you may need to be extra careful to prevent scratches. So what should we do to prevent composite decking boards from getting scratched?
Preventing scratches on composite decking requires a combination of precautions and protective measures. By taking these precautions in your daily routine, you will be able to maintain the beauty and longevity of your composite decking. Next, let’s look at some tips and tricks to prevent scratches on composite decking.
Use Furniture Foot Pads
If you want to make your outdoor deck more comfortable, then appropriate deck furniture is essential. While heavy furniture or furniture with metal feet is more likely to scratch composite decking surfaces, it is best to use furniture feet pads to protect your furniture.
There are many types of furniture foot pads available in the market such as foam, rubber, and plastic. Rubber and plastic pads do not absorb water and are therefore more suitable for outdoor use. If you use furniture foot pads, you will be able to lie on your deck in the sun without worrying about damage to your composite decking boards.
Don’t move furniture around
Don’t move your furniture around. This is one of the best ways to prevent your outdoor deck from getting scratched. If you do need to move furniture, make sure there are enough people to safely lift it and place it where you want it.
Use caution and take your time when moving items on the deck surface. Dragging furniture or any other outdoor item across the deck can leave scratches that you don’t want. If you have a little more patience, your composite decking may look great for years to come.
Regular cleaning on composite decking
Since composite decking is outdoors, over time rocks, twigs, leaves, and other debris can build up on the surface of the deck, making the surface more susceptible to scratches. If a sharp rock gets stuck underneath your outdoor furniture when you move it, it can scratch the deck surface. If you don’t want to leave these scratches, the best thing to do is to clean and sweep the composite decking frequently.
Use a brush or a small broom to sweep up leaves. Once they are swept away, people will not scratch them when they walk on top of the deck. As the seasons and weather change, you can wash your composite decking with soapy water to remove any dirt, dust, or pollen that collects on the deck.
This will give the composite decking surface a new look. Make sure that you scrub certain parts gently so that they do not get dusty. Do not use high pressure to clean your composite decking, and even if you do use a pressure washer, do not exceed 2,500 PSI. it is best to use a regular garden hose.
Carpeting the outdoors
If chair covers and regular cleaning don’t sound like the best way to go, you may want to get an outdoor rug. There are many different types of outdoor rugs on the market. They all protect your composite decking boards from scratches and make your outdoor seating area look great. You don’t have to worry about slipping because most outdoor rugs come with non-slip pads that prevent them from moving around on your deck.
Laying outdoor rugs is a great way to improve the look of your patio and keep your composite decking safe. They usually cover a large space, so you can place your furniture across the entire width of the deck without any problems. If you don’t want your furniture to scratch composite decking, we think this is one of the best options.
When winter comes, your outdoor deck can accumulate a thick layer of snow. In order to function properly, we need to remove the buildup from the surface of the composite decking. Avoid using metal shovels with sharp tips that can damage the surface of your deck and instead use a softer plastic shovel.
Beware of high heels
All types of decking can be damaged by high heels, especially high heels. When wearing high heels, all of a person’s weight is concentrated in a very small area, which puts a lot of pressure on the floor. One very small point can put a lot of pressure on the shoe that carries the entire person, even a very small person.
Most heels have a rubber cap on the end to protect your feet, but once the cap comes off, the nails are exposed. Since these nails are very strong, there is a risk of denting or scratching the surface of the deck. In short, try to avoid wearing high heels on deck. You can prepare some flip-flops or hotel slippers instead.
How to get rid of composite decking scratches
No matter how hard you try, life’s bumps and bruises, children, and daily use can scratch the composite decking surface. If composite decking boards are scratched, we can fix the scratches on the composite decking surface by the following methods.
Treating scratches on composite decking material
Using fine sandpaper (60 grit) on the decking surface is usually sufficient to repair surface scratches. It is a good idea to run sandpaper over a small piece of wood to see how much pressure is needed before treating scratches. The sandpaper should always be sanded along the length of the deck, never across.
Any sanded area will initially look lighter. Keep in mind, however, that over time, as it naturally weathers, the lighter areas will blend in better with the rest of the surface. At that point, scratches will be less noticeable.
Treating scratches in capped composite decking
You can smooth the edges of the scratches by sanding the capped composite decking with 180-grit sandpaper. First, test with a replacement part to determine how much pressure to use. Again, we recommend applying pressure along the length of the decking boards. A heat gun can be used to repair deeper scratches, but be careful not to get it too hot or hold it too close, or permanent damage may result.
Set the temperature of the heat gun to 450 degrees Celsius and hold it no more than 3 inches from the surface of the deck. Move it slowly back and forth, being careful not to concentrate the heat in a small area that could damage the deck. If the heat causes the material to bubble, then after the material has hardened, gently sand away the bubbles with sandpaper. This will give the deck a smoother surface.