How to deal with scratches on your composite decking

Composite decking

On the whole, it takes a lot to make a mark on composite decking. In fact, its famous durability is one of its main draws for buyers here at Savoy Timber, along with its longevity and its smooth contemporary style. But once in a blue moon, you might uncover a nasty surprise in the form of a scratch on your decking. Now as you’ve probably guessed already, it’s often an issue that requires a careful approach to make sure that you don’t make the problem worse. So, here are a few ideas you might want to consider – and one or two ideas you definitely shouldn’t!

1. Let the scratch fade naturally (or cover it up)

Believe it or not, sometimes the best course of action is simply to do nothing, especially if the scratch off to one side, or in a corner, or some other relatively unobtrusive place. You might find that if it’s left alone for a bit, it can fade into the decking to the point where it’s barely noticeable, especially as composite decking exhibits a slight weathering effect under the elements.

If you can’t quite overlook it though, you might want to go for an alternative but equally simple solution – just rearrange your decking furniture to cover it up. It might not be the most sophisticated answer to the issue, but it’s definitely an effective one.

Solid composite decking boards

2. Use a composite decking repair kit

It’s worth checking who was the original manufacturer of your decking board, as that information can help you find out whether there are specific composite decking repair kits on the market that can help solve the issue. Repair kits typically utilise a wax or epoxy-based filler, which you can apply to the damaged board basically like wood putty.

If you’re going down that route though, you’ll first need to make sure that the damaged board is properly clean before you crack on with the kit’s first instructions. When you’re applying the filler itself, you can use a putty knife to smooth it out for a cleaner finish.

3. Using a heat gun

This is an idea that you might have heard proposed here and there, but honestly we don’t recommend it here at Savoy Timber. The idea is that holding a heat gun close to the scratched surface of your decking can soften it slightly, leaving you free to use a wire brush to blend it. However, this is a prime example of one of those ideas that can make the problem much worse just as easily as it can make it better. You might even end up damaging or discolouring your decking permanently – so when it comes right down to it, we’d be inclined to suggest you’re better off leaving the scratch just as it is.

4. Replace your decking board entirely

Finally, if it all goes pear shaped, or if the board is particularly badly damaged, then there is at least one option you’ve always got left in your back pocket – and that’s simply to replace the decking board entirely. Ideally it shouldn’t come down to that, but if it does, just know that we’ve got you covered right here at Savoy Timber. We have a huge range of composite decking boards in a variety of shades and styles – and all at the very best prices.

In fact, we take care to stock everything you need to complete or repair your decking project, making us your one-stop shop for decking. If you fancy browsing our products for yourself, we have three DIY stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan. We’re dedicated to protecting our staff and customers in the midst of the current on-off government lockdown restrictions, so don’t forget to check our latest Covid-19 service update before you visit!