During most winters, Canadian cities face moderate to heavy snowfall with frigid temperature. Snow season can mean a lot of trouble for your composite decks, which is why you could benefit from learning how to maintain your decks during the winter.
If you happen to live in colder climates like the Northeast, or live in a region of moderate climate temperature, you’ll need to use different kinds of ice melts that will suit your composite deck depending on the area you’re residing at.
Read on to know useful tips on how to maintain your deck and protect it from the damage brought on by extreme weather conditions.
How do Ice Melts Work?
Ice melt products are used for preventing decks from getting slippery during winter storms or heavy snowfall. The way ice melts work is by releasing heat to melt the ice and snow and prevent them from forming ice crystals! Using any ice melt without knowing about it might cause more harm than good and damage your composite deck. Before getting started, you need to understand how ice melts work.
The 4 main components of ice melts are Calcium Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, and Magnesium Chloride. Apart from the chloride components, some may add colors and tints.
For very cold climates as found in the northeast, calcium chloride based ice melt is the best choice. For moderate climates, you may use magnesium chloride based ice melts that work best with temperature of -5 degrees Fahrenheit. For warmer climates, you can use calcium and sodium chloride based ice melts.
Ice Melts for Composite Decking
There are various types of ice melts that include Pallets, Granules, and Liquid. You use them based on your surrounding area and its climate range. The ice melts that use pellets and liquid are safe and may not cause much damage to your deck. Some ice melts use granules like rock salt that may cause permanent damage, such as leaving marks on the deck.
Avoid using ice melts with color and tint added, they may cause slight discoloration to your deck.
- Calcium chloride works best on composite decks for very cold climates. It’s the safest bet for composite decks as it won’t scratch the surface. It’s one of the fastest components found in ice melts to melt ice quickly. They’re more effective than Sodium Chloride based ice melts as it breaks down into three ions – one calcium ion and two chlorine ions. Wondering the lowest temperature it can work up to? Try -25 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Calcium Magnesium Chloride could be a good choice for ice melt components as they are biodegradable and are also less-corrosive. They also do not cause any harm to pets and plants.
- Sodium Chloride on the other hand may cause damage to plants, concrete, and wood decks. They are found to be toxic to animals if accidentally ingested.
Our Recommendation for Ice Melts
The best ice melt component for your composite deck is Calcium Chloride-based “ice melt” and Rock Salt. Calcium chloride helps make your deck less slippery. Rock salt will effectively remove snow and ice from your deck. Choose the best ice melt based on the component suitable for your climate and need. Avoid the risk of causing damage to your deck by choosing the wrong ice melt and other components. Our tips shared on here will help you decide on the best ice melt.
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