Composite decking is designed to last for many years – that’s why our deck boards come with a 10 -25 year warranty (depending on the collection). However, sometimes accidents happen and you may find yourself needing to replace the decking sooner than you think – but before you go ripping up your boards, have a read of the below…
Scuffs and scratches
If you have scuffed or scratched your composite deck, have a read of our ‘How to deal with scratches on your composite decking’ blog. It contains hints and tips on how to remove any marks and help you get your decking back to its beautiful best – without replacing them!
Reusing an old frame
Reusing an old frame for a new deck can be a way of saving money and time. However, there are a few important things to consider before you start your decking project.
Is the frame structurally sound? This is the first, and most important, question you need to answer. If there is no visible damage or rotting it may be safe to use. However, there is the possibility of unseen damage beneath the surface, so look to see if there are any holes or cracks that could let water or debris in. If there are, there is the possibility that the inside of the frame may be rotten. If this is the case, it may be best to replace the frame entirely.
If you are happy with your existing frame and confident it will last, it is important to remember that composite decking is heavier than timber. So before you lay your new composite decking, do check that it is capable of supporting the additional weight.
It is also important to remember that in the sun, composite decking will ‘mould’ itself to the frame. If your frame is perfectly flat, this will be unnoticeable. However, if you are using an old frame, any defects or unevenness will be clearly visible.
We do not want to deter you from using your existing frame for your new composite decking, but to ensure your new decking looks its best from the beginning, it is essential to get the sub structure right too.
It is possible to replace a deck board that has been damaged, but it is important to remember that the new board will look different to the existing ones. Your composite deck will have been used and exposed to the elements, both of which will have had a ‘weathering’ effect on its colour. If you replace an old board – even with an identical brand – the new board will be noticeable. One solution, especially if the new board is in a prominent position, is to move existing boards to this location and install the new board in a place where it is less visible.
Wood polymer composite decking has been specifically designed and manufactured to last. However, we understand that accidents can happen, and repairs may need to be made. If you’re unsure on the best way to repair your composite decking, call our expert technical team on 01978 667 840 and they will be able to guide you in the right direction.