Although wood is a sought-after material, construction and architecture experts admit that it entails significant upkeep. In contrast, HDPE lumber does not require as much maintenance; occasional pressure washing is all that’s needed to keep it clean, a feature that can save you lots of money down the line. Unlike wood, HDPE won’t rot or succumb to mold.
In time, wood may develop cracks, warps, and splinters that make areas or surfaces like decks, playgrounds, and rails hazardous. Conversely, HDPE plastic products are highly durable, weather resistant, and impervious to these deformities. Brands like Trimax, offered by reputable contractors like Premier Building Supply, Co. even add industry-leading product and labor warranties.
Wood decks remain stylish and elegant additions to homes, just as they have over the years. Today, though, you can still have the beauty of wooden decking without having to keep up with the high maintenance needs of the material by using composite or plastic wood. Nevertheless, plastic lumber still requires some amount of care and attention to truly last a lifetime.
Sweep and Wash
Regularly sweep leaves, twigs, animal droppings and other debris off your deck (you might want to use a leaf blower if the debris is piling up high). Then, use a garden hose to rinse it efficiently, making sure you don’t allow puddles to form and become stagnant. Over time, water puddles can and will ruin your decking.
Hire a pressure washing company who can get rid of any paint or grease stains on your decking. While you can rent your own pressure washer, you might not be able to control the equipment enough to keep from damaging the composite or plastic wood.
When the stains aren’t bad enough to warrant power washing, you could do it yourself by following a few standard cleaning measures. For instance, when it comes to wine or berry stains, mix a ¼ cup of bleach in a cup of warm water and apply to the stained area using a soft bristled brush.