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In the colder winter weather, mould is one of those issues that you’ll probably find yourself facing increasingly often. Moisture from increased rainfall, humidity or even shade cover can create ideal conditions for mould and moss to grow. You might not think this is such a problem – after all, it’s not in the house, right? – but trust us, it’s something you’ll want to prevent from forming on your decking at all costs!
On this week’s blog, here are just a couple of the reasons why mould and moss can pose such a problem:
So now that you know the essence of them, let’s look at them in a bit more detail, shall we?
The thing about mould spores is that they’re so tiny, so light, that they can travel very easily through the air. They’re living organisms, and like all of us, they get quite peckish on a regular basis. Only in this case, what they’re feeding on is the wood of your decking boards. As they do this, they multiply, and then it’s not long before you start to see a green, brown or black stain creeping across your decking. Left unchecked, it looks horrible; definitely not at the top of anyone’s Christmas list.
As we touched on above, mould spores aren’t just resting on the wood – they’re eating it. What’s more, if you don’t take pretty swift action, sometimes surrounding insects will get in on the action, and soon you may have an army of critters merrily gnawing away at the wood. And as we all know, wood doesn’t grow on tr… OK, well it certainly doesn’t grow back on decking, anyway, no matter how much you clean it afterwards.
One of the main characteristics of mould and moss is that it be very easy to slip on it, transforming your decking from a lovely place to relax in the summer to a lovely place to sprain your wrist in the winter. It’s not just you at risk either; if you have any family in the house, it’s quite possible that they can go flying, too. Don’t take the risk!
If you’ve been keeping your decking clean and clear all throughout the year ready to enjoy it in the summer, it would be a shame to let all that go to waste come the winter, especially if the damage done turns out to be irreversible. It might seem like a bit of a chore to keep it clean in winter, but trust us – it’s well worth the effort in the long run!
Looking for tips on how to keep your decking clean throughout winter? At Savoy Timber, we’re on the case. You can read our last post on how to keep your decking clean in winter, and stay tuned for our advice on how to tackle moss if you find it’s formed on your decking. Don’t forget though – prevention is better than cure! You can pop into any one of our DIY stores in Preston, Blackpool or Wigan to get more detailed advice in person from any of our friendly members of staff, or shop for specialised products to protect your decking.
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