Will Composite Decking Become Slippery in Winter?

As the weather gets colder, you may be wondering if your composite deck will become slippery and dangerous. While traditional wooden decks can definitely become slicker in the winter, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of slipping on your composite decking. In this blog post, we’ll explore whether or not composite decking becomes slippery in winter and offer some tips for making it safer.


What Challenges Does Winter Bring? 

Wintertime brings a unique set of challenges to the composite decking industry due to the potential for the material to become slippery during cold weather. For those who choose composite decking, there are several proactive steps they can take to ensure that their decks remain safe and slip resistant throughout the winter months. Choosing a composite with an anti-slip texture finish is key in providing enough grip for users, and any snow or water should be shoveled up or wiped off as quickly as possible. Deck waxes and sealers provide extra protectants that repel moisture and increase traction on the surface. With these precautions in place, composite decking owners can continue to enjoy their outdoor spaces throughout winter knowing that it is just as safe as in warmer months.


Avoiding Issues, Such as Ice and Water on Composite Decking

Avoiding ice and water accumulation on Composite decking is key to its longevity. There are many preventative measures you can take to avoid this issue, such as using the Ecoscape Grande composite decking board, which has a PTV value of 74 (dry conditions) and 63 (wet conditions) which far exceeds the value of 36 which is British/European standard – EN13554. With these precautions in mind, composite decking can provide you with years of enjoyment without any problems.

What Makes Composite Decking Winter-Friendly

This strong material won’t crack or warp in the colder temperatures and can stand up against rain, sun, and snow. Composite decks are fade-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about the coloration fading over time and it comes in unique shades that cannot be found in traditional woods. Plus, composite decking requires virtually no maintenance – a great benefit for those looking for a hassle-free way to enjoy their outdoor space during the winter months.

Overall, composite decking is a great choice for those looking for an alternative to traditional wood decking. It has many benefits, including being environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. However, it is important to be aware of the potential for it to become slippery in winter weather conditions. There are some simple steps you can take to avoid this issue, such as using a sealant or choosing a different material altogether. With these precautions in mind, composite decking can provide you with years of enjoyment without any problems.

Gary is the founder and CEO of Ecoscape UK. Gary graduated from Liverpool JM University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Economics. A passion for innovation, design and sustainability, Gary has put to market numerous wpc products/systems, some of which have UK and European registered designs. Outside of work Gary enjoys spending time with his family, the great outdoors and watching Manchester United.