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Trex reveal how to protect your decking over the winter

Q: How do I ensure my deck doesn’t crack or splinter from the extreme weather?

A: Extreme changes in weather can speed up splintering of deck boards. To ensure that next year’s outdoor fun is ouch-free, fix splintering boards on a wood deck before winter’s arrival. The amount of time and effort required to make repairs will depend on the extent of the damage. Lightly splintered boards may be salvaged through sanding, while severely splintered planks will continue to deteriorate and most likely will need to be replaced. For a splinter-free deck, wood-alternative decking like Trex is composed of a highly durable material that offers the natural beauty of wood without the rotting and splintering. Each Trex board is protected on three sides for superior defense against sever weather.

 

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Q: How can I prevent mold on my deck?

A: Mold and mildew are enemies of any exterior surface – especially shady decks exposed to pollen or other organic debris and standing puddles of water. Never let snow or ice accumulate on your deck for lengthy periods of time. Sweeping the surface creates a first line of defense against mold and mildew and prevents the creation of an environment that nurtures the growth of fungus. For stubborn piles of snow or ice, use calcium chloride or rock salt, available in many home centres, to speed melting. Be sure to rinse off when first practical. In addition, wood decks should be sealed every other year to protect against other moisture problems, such as rotting planks.

 

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Q: How can I protect my decking from getting scuffed and scratched?

A: Scuffs and abrasions accumulated during the summer from furniture or foot traffic can mar the beauty of any deck’s surface. Before the first snow falls, it’s important to wash, stain and seal wood decks – a process that can take several days and may require the use of heavy equipment like a power washer. For a low-maintenance option, consider a wood-alternative deck such as Trex, which features a finish that resists stains, scratches and mold and requires no sanding, staining or sealing.

For more information on how to clean and care for wood-alternative decks, visit www.trex.com.



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