Decking is required on most balconies and terraces across the UK, which is no surprise when considering the benefits. It’s much lighter weight than slabs and gives a much cleaner finish as well. Traditionally, timber decking has been popular. However, to ensure timber decking retains its value and appearance for the long term, regular cleaning and maintenance is required.
Why choose aluminium?
Aluminium is very light, making it easy to install and repair, when necessary. Despite being lightweight, it is almost twice as strong as other decking materials and is also fire-resistant, which is ideal for households that like to BBQ on their decking.
Aluminium decking is eco-friendly, as it can be made from recycled materials and, in turn, can be recycled again at the end of its lifetime. It can be manufactured to look like wood but can also be painted or powder coated to reflect the homeowner’s tastes.
In addition, aluminium decking requires no maintenance once it is laid which is a massive benefit over traditional timber decking.
Cleaning and Maintaining your Decking
Aluminium decking has another massive advantage as it can be specced with an integral gutter system, which allows for better drainage and prevents damage and leakage to balconies below. It should be regularly cleaned to keep it looking at its best and the gutter system working.
Aluminium decking also doesn’t require any expensive solutions to clean and maintain it. You can just use warm, soapy water to clean it and then warm water to rinse it off. You should clean the decking regularly to maintain its appearance.
It’s important to not use any steel wool, scrapers or sandpaper to clean the decking as this can cause irreversible damage to the aluminium. Strong solvents and cleaning solutions can also cause harm. It’s good to clean the decking when it’s not in direct sunlight as well, as this can cause permanent markings. For any extra stubborn stains, we can help advise you on the best way to remove them.
Please contact us for more information or for installing aluminium decking.