Deck Maintenance Tips by Tufdek – Leaves
Now that you’re done using your deck for the year (unless you’re lucky enough to live in a warmer climate), it’s tempting to just let the leaves lie on vinyl patios and decks and worry about it in the spring. So, why shouldn’t you? We have a few reasons, and they are all good ones! Here are a few things to consider when it comes to clearing leaves off your Tufdek Vinyl Patio or Deck.
Deck Maintenance Tip #1: Vinyl Patios & Decks can Stain
As the leaves soften and break down, they can leave behind pigments that can stain your deck – sometimes permanently. Unless you want your work cut out for you in the spring, clearing leaves off vinyl patios and decks now is a way better plan.
Deck Maintenance Tip #2: Leaves are Slippery!
Decomposing leaves quickly get slippery, quickly. This can create a hazard when using vinyl patios or decks, especially if stairs are involved. Unless you want to completely close off your space for the season, clearing the leaves will help create a safe area.
Deck Maintenance Tip #3: Watch out for Mold and Mildew
Wet, decomposing leaves are one thing, but in damp weather, you’ll also have to contend with mold and mildew as well. This might not seem like a problem now, but as everything dries out the spores can become airborne. Not only is this a health hazard, but it means the mold and mildew can spread.
Deck Maintenance Tip #4: Enjoy Vinyl Patios and Decks Year Round
A clean deck or patio space gives you the opportunity to enjoy vinyl patios and decks outside of the regular warm season. Sunny weekend? Sit outdoors! Full stove for Thanksgiving? Use the barbecue! Even in midwinter, you can find opportunities to enjoy vinyl patios and decks. While you’re at it, put in some roofing so you can have more chances to use your deck or patio.
Deck Maintenance Tip #5: Don’t Forget Underneath
Leaves accumulated on vinyl patios and decks are important, but so are leaves and other debris that find their way underneath. While it might not seem as important, you’re going to have the same issues below your deck as above. Clean below a deck or patio, and for patios consider closing in the space underneath to keep out debris to save time next year.
While clearing off vinyl patios and decks, take a look at your vinyl decking to ensure that it is still intact. Otherwise, you might want to schedule a vinyl patio or deck refurbishment, if not for fall, then at least for next spring.