Composite decking is generally a very durable product. It is a mixture of plastics and wood fibers. Most of this comes from recycled products. Quality products have no toxic chemicals in them either. What this does is allow you to have the look and the feel of wood but is a much more durable surface. That surface does not allow insects to create holes in it. It also doesn’t cause rotting like traditional wood often causes. However, you still need to keep it clean.
To do that, you’ll need just a mild soap or a specific deck cleaner. It is possible to use a power washer for this job, but some people find just a bristle broom is adequate for scrubbing the surfaces. Your goal is to wash away any stains or debris from the surface. You don’t want to allow the surface to develop mildew, which can happen in hot temperatures during the summer months. The good news is that this is about all you need to do. Do this a few times a year for the best protection.
There is no need to paint this structure. You do not have to strip the material down either. In fact, you do not want to do this. You also do not want to apply any type of waterproofing or any type of staining to the surface. Even harsh chemicals can be a bad choice for cleaning it. It will retain its color and look for years so there is no need to do this to this type of product. In fact, if you try to paint it, it may not look very good at all since the paint is not able to absorb into the surface well to create a natural bond.
Composite decking is an option that’s available to you. All you need to do is to invest in a high-quality product and have it professionally installed. Once you do that, you can feel good about keeping this surface looking its best for years to come. It may be easier to do this than you realize.