How does decking become so slippery?

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Decking is one of the most practical additions you can make to any garden environment, and one of the most attractive too. A high-quality hardwood or composite deck is a perfect place to relax and look out at your garden, and it can also be used to greet guests before a dinner party, or even to hold a barbecue on.

One thing that makes some people reluctant to install decking in their garden is that they worry that the surface may become slippery. The good news is that there are ways to manage or remove this concern, so let’s take a look at what makes decking slippery and what you can do about it.

Algae and moss growth

Your decking is outside and exposed to the elements in all weathers, and this leads to moist, damp conditions on a wooden deck which can create a perfect environment for moss and algae production. These can give decking a greenish tinge, and this can not only be unsightly, it can also be dangerous underfoot, especially during damp conditions. The good news is that ensuring a good air flow gets to the boards can help to fight algal growth, and grooved decking boards are designed to do just that. It can also be a good idea to apply moss and algae killing products if you see the threat starting to appear.

The dangers of standing water

There are few things better than relaxing on your decking on a dry, warm day or evening, but of course our weather is always unpredictable, and there will be days when your deck is subject to heavy rain. Standing water is another cause of slippery decking, both because it can accelerate the growth of algae and because it creates less grip on the surface, especially during colder months when it could ice over. If you see standing water on your deck, tread carefully; wear shoes with good grips on them and sweep the water away from the surface. On particularly cold days, take a close look at the deck before stepping on it, as it may have ice on the surface which isn’t obvious upon first glance.

decking when wet

How to tackle slippery decking

We can’t control the weather, but we can take strides to stop our decking becoming slippery. The key steps to doing this successfully is by removing standing water, using moss and algae killers when appropriate, and ensuring that the deck is installed in such a way that it has an adequate supply of air flowing around it. This is why decking is grooved as it makes air circulation easier, although that also helps to give decks the attractive appearance which is so typical of it.

When installing a deck, think about where it will be positioned, and how much air flow it will have around it. It can also help to add a high-quality decking stain to the boards, as this can make it harder for algae to grow on the surface, but remember that these stains will usually have to be re-applied on a yearly basis. With these precautions taken, your grooved decking can be both beautiful and safe for years to come.

Of course, whatever you choose for your own decking project, you can get everything you need for it right here at Savoy Timber – just swing by any of our DIY stores in Preston, Blackpool or Wigan, and our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to provide any assistance or advice you might need.