Who doesn't like to sit on the deck with a beverage in hand to enjoy everything the world has to offer?

One of the biggest perks of having a deck is that you get a space in the house that is purely for enjoyment purposes. If you want to call some friends over for a barbeque, host a small birthday or just enjoy your morning breakfast in the open, having a deck can be a huge benefit.

A wet timber deck can lead to many accidents and even mould formation without proper preparation and care for the deck.

If you are looking for ways to make the deck surface less slippery, this guide is for you. We have put together some information that will help you in making the deck slip-resistant.

Now, without further ado, let's slide into the essential bits.

Why Is The Deck Slippery?

Before venturing into the world of anti-slip coating and anti-skid strips, let's look into some of the causes of slippery decking. This will allow you to identify the root cause of the issue and determine if it can be eliminated.

One of the biggest reasons for a slippery deck surface is the accumulation of leaves and debris. If you live in a place with heavy winds, there is a chance that the deck will be covered with leaves and debris a few times a year. And with it comes pollen, dirt, and whatnot.

The main issue here is that the moisture in the dirt, leaves and pollen might stay trapped on the deck, even if you remove them. And as they grow, the moisture on the surface will also increase. This will make the timber wet, making it a breeding ground for mould, algae, and moss. It could also cause potential warping.

Algae, mould and moss are among the biggest reasons for the deck becoming slippery and a hotspot for accidents. No matter what kind of wood is used for decking, they are all susceptible to moisture and its ill effects.

Tips To Prevent A Slippery Deck Surface

After you point out the root cause of slippery boards, the next step is finding out what can be done to prevent it. If you have been looking for ways to make the deck surface less slippery, you're in luck. Take a look at some of these steps you can incorporate into your everyday life:

How To Properly Clean Your Deck

1. Regular Cleaning

The most effective way of preventing slippage on the decks is by cleaning them regularly. On seeing the deck with few leaves or debris, most people do not clean it thinking they will get to it once it's fully covered. However, that is the first mistake.

Even a few piled up leaves can trap moisture in the wood. This is why it is essential to keep it free from even the smallest amount of mess. Cleaning your deck once every day should reduce the chances of any wetness remaining on the surface.

Ideally, the best time would be to clean the surface when the weather is bright and sunny. This will make the cleaning process more manageable, with the leaves not sticking to the deck, and the surface drying faster.

2. Checking Every Nook And Cranny

Algae, moss and mildew tend to grow in tight spaces where the moisture is trapped. This is why the best way to prevent the formation of any kind is to check the deck thoroughly.

While cleaning the deck is crucial, checking for dirt in these tight spaces and removing them is a good idea. Thoroughly cleaning the deck will not be possible every day, so doing it once/twice a year is sufficient.

In order to ensure every nook and cranny is free from moss, mildew or algae, the best thing would be to use cleaning solutions. You can either make the cleaning solution or buy it at the store; either way works well.

Additionally, many deck owners tend to powerwash the deck all the time, which is not necessary. This can deteriorate the quality of the deck, making it look worn out too soon. A light sweep every day, and cleaning with solutions along with power wash once a year should suffice.

3. Keep An Eye On Drainage

As mentioned before, mould, mildew, and moss grow in tight spaces where regular cleaning is impossible. While you can conduct a thorough clean and check once or twice a year, there are ways to keep every nook and cranny dry.

When laying out the decking boards, make sure to have a proper drainage system in place, which reduces the chance of trapped moisture. The best way would be to have a slight gap between the boards to let the water flow out instead of pooling.

If the boards do not have a gap, they can easily be created by lodging a nail or a knife between them. This will create an opening for the water to flow out and reduce the chances of a slick deck.

Fixing Slick Wooden Decking

Now that we have gone over how to prevent a wooden deck from becoming slippery, let's move on to finding ways to fix it. If you are at that stage where the deck has already become slippery, then these tips might come in handy.

Painting And Maintenance Of Your Timber Deck

1. Scrubbing

One of the best ways to get rid of the slickness on the deck is by scrubbing it. For this, you can either use an ammonia-free powdered laundry detergent or oxy-bleach along with water to create a powerful cleaning solution. All you need to do is add a cup of detergent with bleach and mix it with two-three gallons of water.

For this to work, what you need to do is coat the entire deck with the solution. You may use a mop or just pour it on the surface and let it be there for 30 minutes. The chemical in the ingredient will break down everything on the surface, making it easier to scrub.

2. Painting

Another popular way of getting rid of and preventing a deck from becoming slippery is by using anti-slip paint. Anti-slip paint is quite easily found in the market, and a generous coating can make the deck slip-resistant.

Additionally, these types of paints can be used on top of any wood that is painted or stained. This is mainly because the stain or paints do not provide traction to the wood, making it slippery. Adding a coat of non-slip paint will make the decking slip-resistant for a longer time.

Applying this non-slip paint is quite simple too. The first and most important step is to wash the deck and let it dry. Once it has thoroughly dried, use any appropriate paintbrush and apply a generous coat of the paint. If it is easier, you can use a roller as well.

Once it has been fully applied and dried, you will notice some amount of resistance from the surface. Not only does it make decking non-slip, but it also makes it more resistant to leaves and debris.

3. Using a Moss and Mildew Killer

If you do not have the time to create a solution, rush to the nearest store and buy a moss and mildew killer. These solutions are pretty easily found anywhere and can target everything, including algae.

The ready-made solutions make deck cleaning easy as the effort to create a cleaner is eliminated. Additionally, the process remains unchanged and can be effortless, depending on the solution used.

While there are many in the market, some eliminate the scrubbing process as well. In such situations, all you need to do is let the solution sit and then rinse with water. The chemical is so b it breaks down the algae, moss, mildew and mould easily.

4. Adding Sand

Re-painting the deck may not be a viable option for everyone. This is where adding sand to the stain comes into the picture. A great way to create non-slip decking is by adding sand to the stain while the stain is wet.

However, it is not as easy as dumping some sand into the stain. One important point to note is that the sand has to be even, so make sure to use the right tools. The best way to do this is after applying the stain, while it is wet, to use a spreader for an even coat of sand.

5. Anti-Skid Strips

Now non-slip strips may be a little controversial in terms of how it changes the look of the deck. However, it is one of the best ways to ensure the decking boards offer ample grip. The process to install them is much simpler than painting and scrubbing.

It is worth noting that while you will get non-slip decking, these strips are raised when installed right. Hence, you will have to be careful when applying these on the stairs. Additionally, you will need to hammer them in, which does not take a lot of time.

Anti Slip Decking Strips Installation

Making Your Timber Deck Less Slippery

With that, we finally come to the end of our guide on creating an anti-slip decking. There are many more ways to go about this, like using a power washer or anti-slip tape, but the ones mentioned are easier and can be done by anyone.

You can quickly look into more methods to prevent and eliminate slippery decks, and let us know what we missed in the comment section below.

On that note, we shall sign off. See you soon with many more guides.

Until next time!

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