Insight Insight For Selection And Care For Your New Vinyl Backyard Deck

Posted on: 3 May 2018

Winter is finally over in most parts of the country, which means spending more time outside in the sunshine and working on your backyard. If you have considered adding an outdoor deck to your backyard, now is a good time to do it with a vinyl deck installation. Here are some tips to help you choose and take care of your new outdoor deck.

Select a Durable Material

When you choose to install a vinyl deck in your backyard, you are selecting a durable material that costs less than wood and will look great for many years. When selecting the material for your vinyl decking, make sure it does not contain any wood pulp. Some vinyl decks are made by combining leftover wood pulp into the material to give it a realistic wood look. Unfortunately, this wood pulp absorbs moisture that does not completely dry out and can add up over time to lead to mold growth which is not good for the health of you or your family.

A good vinyl decking material will be produced to look like real wood without using any wood pulp, and will be difficult to differentiate from actual lumber. Because it is made of vinyl, you don't have to apply any wood oil or stain over its lifetime, as it will not dry out as a wood deck can.

Rinse Clean

Vinyl decking does not require the traditional maintenance of a wood deck, but it will need to be cleaned occasionally. Keep in mind your vinyl deck is made of a less durable material than wood, so you can't use a pressure washer on its highest pressure setting to clean its surface.

You can, however use a pressure washer to rinse off your vinyl decking, using a low-flow nozzle tip to spray off debris and build-up. If you don't have a pressure washer, your garden hose and a garden sprayer nozzle works well to safely clean its surface.

Remove Stains

Stains can appear on your deck from bug and bird droppings, tree sap, food and drink spills, and regular dirt and debris build-up. You can use your own cleaner and a cleaning cloth or a sponge mop to remove stains and restore its surface appearance.

Combine a mixture of half warm water and half white vinegar in a spray bottle, which you spray onto the stains. Then, use your cleaning cloth to rub the stain from the surface of your deck. You can also make a cleaning solution of warm water and several squirts of liquid dish soap into a bucket of water to use a sponge mop to clean its surface. Be sure to rinse off the decking with clean water after scrubbing to remove any residues.

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