Not all docks have the same types of decks, but here are a few tips for keeping the decking on your docks in good shape:
Like most wood used on outdoor applications, it should be cared for consistently. The first thing that should be addressed is the roughness of the deck. Make sure to get rid of any elevated nails by hammering them in. Sanding the deck with a good belt sander and finishing it with a coat of protective stain will do wonders, not only for how it looks, but also for keeping the deck from rotting or splitting prematurely.
Aluminum, Plastic, or Composite Decks:
These decks are often chosen for their low maintenance while maintaining a good look. Sometimes they are even designed to be slip resistant. However, without consistent care, they can still house debris and other degrading materials on the surface which could make them look stained or even lose the slip resistant characteristics.
It is likely that the deck manufacturer will supply directions for maintenance, and it is a good idea to stay away from unapproved cleaners. Most docks with this type of decking can be cleaned using good old fashioned soap and water. Whether the deck is solid or has little holes or slits, using a pressure washer can make the job go by fast.
Lastly, make sure that the supporting structure of the deck is in good shape. If there are any rust spots beginning to form, make sure to sand them out and finish them with a good primer and paint job. Nothing makes a deck seem more unstable or uninviting than seeing a bad or degrading support structure.
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