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 boards surface. When it rains, or you use a pressure washer, on the deck, the porous wood will absorb some moisture providing an ideal opportunity for algae growth.
A 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 and dirt collecting in the grooves of your wooden decking boards also cause 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.
Anti-Slip Composite Decking
Whether you’re planning to transform your garden space and create an outdoor area where you can relax and play all year round, or you’re looking for a hard-wearing decking solution for commercial application, our anti-slip composite decking may be the answer.
All of our composite decking boards have been independently tested to BS 7976-2:2002 standards and are 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.
However, please note that although algae and mould will not grow on the surface of your composite decking, other dirt, leaves and pollen on the surface of your deck can become a breeding ground and 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.