Non-Slip Decking

It is possible to slip on most outdoor surfaces, especially in the winter months. However, choosing the right type of decking for your garden or commercial premise can help to reduce the risk of an accident. Our high-quality range of composite decking at Ecoscape has outstanding anti-slip qualities, meaning that in poor conditions the decking boards won’t become as treacherous as traditional wood decking.

What Makes Wood Decking Slippery?

Timber and other wood decking materials often become slippery due to mould, algae, lichen, moss, or mildew growing on the board’s surface. When it rains, or you use a pressure washer, the porous wood will absorb some moisture providing an ideal opportunity for algae growth. Additionally, the build-up of leaves or rotting vegetation on the decking surface can also encourage the growth of algae and lichen, making it very slippery in a damp environment. Water collecting in the grooves of your wooden decking boards also causes further problems when the temperature drops and the water freezes. This can result in a layer of ice and a very slippery decking surface.

In comparison, composite decking is less porous and absorbs very little moisture when cleaned or faced with the elements. Its innovative design means water remains on the surface before evaporating rather than soaking into the decking boards and freezing in the cold weather. Our anti-slip composite decking boards are therefore ideal for a wide range of applications, including near swimming pools and hot tubs, and remain safe to use throughout the seasons.

All of our composite decking boards have been independently tested to proven to be non-slip in both wet and dry conditions! Making them perfect for use at schools, nurseries, hotels, restaurants, and other commercial premises.

The recent Pendulum Slip Test EN15534 results show a rating of 99 (dry conditions) and 53 (wet conditions). A PTV value of 36 is required to be classified as low slip potential when tested in wet and dry conditions. The results also show a slip test rating across the width of the decking board (W) and along the length of the decking board (L).

Take a look at the results from the Clarity Decking Technical Specification Sheet for more information.

Please note that although algae and mould will not grow on the surface of your composite decking, other dirt, leaves and pooled water on a poorly installed deck can evolve into a slip risk. The best way to ensure your composite decking isn’t slippery then is to keep it clean. Our composite decking boards are incredibly low-maintenance, and only require a sweep with a stiff brush to remove any debris from the surface. For a more thorough clean, use a hose to remove surface dirt before scrubbing each deck with warm, soapy water and a soft-bristle brush. Remember to rinse the decking again, and dry off any remaining water to avoid a slippery film on the surface.

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.