Our Composite Decking Care Services:
Composite decks are strong and represent the future of the decking industry in general. They are beautiful to look at and designed to be durable and hard-wearing, offering impressive stain and scratch resistance.
There are a few top composite decking brands, and each composite decking material is made differently. For example, industry leader Trex Decking creates a composite decking material from entirely recycled material. In contrast, Cali Bamboo and CertainTeed, have created their unique composite compound, and thus, repairing each type of composite decking material requires a slightly different approach.
Because of this, composite deck repair should be taken seriously and performed by first performing some preliminary research. During this step, we will determine what your deck is made out of and how to best address the damage to your deck.
When repairing composite decks in Bergen County, our first step is always an inspection. Then we can determine what your composite deck is made of, what needs to be repaired, replaced, or repositioned, and how best to do it.
Typical composite deck repair jobs include:
- Board replacement.
- Minor scratch repairs by compound or repair kit.
- Replacing complete decking boards, where we remove the damaged board and replace it entirely.
Deck Repair Services:
While most composite decks are sold as being ‘maintenance-free,’ that is not the case. Composite decks can be scratched or damaged by weather just like any other deck – but truth be told it happens a lot less.
Most often, we are called out to look at composite deck repairs that are surprisingly inline with standard deck repair, including:
Handling Discolored Planks:
- Composite decks are exposed to foot traffic, the four seasons, and the sun’s damaging UV rays. Eventually, they too lose their luster and become discolored.
When repairing a discolored composite deck:
- Sanding is not an option; the plastic burns and melts in the heat of the friction sanding will generate. Paint is not recommended as paint does not adhere well to composite decking material.
Just like a “real-wood deck”, composite decking materials are prone to scratches, dents, and dings from the hands of time, natural debris, running children, and moving outdoor furniture.
The best way to deal with these scratches varies by manufacturer and by composite decking type.
Some composite decks recommend not working scratches and abrasions as in time, they will blend in with the rest of the decking. While other manufacturers say that the heat from a soldering iron applied to the scratch or flaw will help it disappear. As is with everything, knowledge is your best resource and information gathering is always our first step.