Is composite decking slippery?

Thinking about refreshing your garden with stylish and low-maintenance composite decking? You might be wondering, are composite deck boards slippery?

Rest assured, composite decking generally boasts good slip resistance, however, like most outdoor surfaces, it can become slippery under certain conditions. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:

Understanding the "Slip Factors":

  • Dirt and debris: The buildup of dirt, leaves, and other debris can make any surface slippery, including composite decking. So, regular cleaning is key to maintaining good traction.
  • Moisture and Organic Growth: In areas that are damp and shaded, moisture tends to accumulate, which in turn promotes the growth of mould and algae, ultimately leading to slippery decking surfaces. However, ensuring proper ventilation and using a mould remover during cleaning can effectively mitigate this issue. 
  • Winter Weather: Colder temperatures and increased moisture can create a more favourable environment for mould and algae growth, impacting the surface's grip and making the decking potentially slippery.

Keeping Your Composite Decking Safe and Slip-Free

While composite planks might be slightly more slippery than traditional wood when wet, there are ways to mitigate this risk and ensure a safe outdoor environment:

  • High-end options: Opt for composite boards with a textured or grooved finish, such as wood grain composite decking, which naturally enhances grip underfoot.
  • Regular cleaning: Maintain a regular cleaning routine to remove dirt and debris and prevent mould growth.
  • Use caution during icy conditions: Always be extra careful on ice or frosty surfaces, just like on any outdoor surface.
  • Additional measures: If extra reassurance is desired, consider applying non-slip deck paint or using strategically placed slip-resistant mats or tape in high-traffic areas.

In summary, composite boards generally offer good slip resistance when chosen and maintained properly. Additionally, it’s essential to remain aware of seasonal variations. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty and functionality of composite decking for years to come.

Looking for high-quality, slip-resistant composite decking solutions? Explore our wide range of options, including standard woodgrain decking and premium woodgrain decking, and find the perfect fit for your project!

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