How To Prevent Mold From Invading Your Deck

Deck surrounded by trees and attached to house.

Decks can get mold and mildew which can make the surface dangerously slippery. Composite decking is not impervious to mold any more than wood is. Learn how it forms on decks, and how you can prevent mold. 

How Does Mold Form?

Mold is also known as mildew, algae, fungus, and other names. It’s a little microscopic floating organism that grows and spreads once it finds a food source. When talking about outdoor mold, the food source is generally fallen pollen or leaf debris. If the source is left too long, mold spores attack…and hey, they’re really hungry. 

The mold finds a home in all the nooks and crannies of your deck and grows. 

  • Mold thrives in damp areas
  • It needs pollen, dirt, and debris to grow
  • It loves moderate temperatures
  • Mold will “hibernate” when it gets cold, and become active once the weather warms
  • It hides in shady areas
  • Mold avoids full sunlight

Prevent Mold On Your Deck

The most effective preventative of mold growth is keeping your deck clear of debris. It’s not 100% guaranteed to keep mold at bay because it can be a sneaky little devil. But, if you make a weekly habit of sweeping and washing your composite or wood deck, you can slow down mold or mildew growth. 

  • Do not powerwash if your deck has a mold problem. It can stuff the mold further into those crevices and create a bigger problem.
  • Use a cleaner if using a power washer.
  • If at all possible, build a deck where it gets direct sunlight–ultraviolet rays are mold spore kryptonite. 
  • If possible, clear away trees or low-hanging branches
  • Allow a gap between boards for irrigation and draining

Choose Composite Decking Materials To Avoid Mold

Decking materials are susceptible to mold if not properly treated. However, natural woods are more apt to collect those pesky spores because of the natural grain. 

Composite materials, although they still can get mold, are a solid choice. They’re virtually immune to warping and splinters. Plus, bees don’t congregate and bugs won’t burrow. Those are two of the many other reasons to choose composite over wood, by the way!

However, since composite decking is made with wood by-products, mold does find opportunities to grow, especially if your deck isn’t appropriately maintained. With the right safeguards in place, you can have a mold-free deck that lasts a lifetime. 

Call us today for your free in-home estimate for that composite deck you’ve been considering. 

How To Choose The Right Deck Builder

Deck builder holding design plans.

The time has come to either replace your deck or have one built. You’re hoping to add value to your home and expand your outdoor living space. One of the most cost-effective ways to do that is by adding a deck. There are so many deck builders in the metro Detroit area which can make the seemingly simple task of finding the right deck contractor quite overwhelming. Make it easy by following our tips for choosing the right deck builder for you. 

Research

Do a little digging into the type of deck you want, whether composite or wood. Once you decide on the type of material your deck will be made from, do a little research on design. You can find inspiration on Pinterest, Instagram, or Google images. While you’re at it, play detective and check out the project pages of prospective decking companies to see the type of work they’ve done. 

Referrals

Referrals are often the best way to find your deck builder. Ask around, see who your coworkers, friends, and family are using. Leveraging the people you are connected to can help you narrow and shorten your search. 

Reviews

Just by typing the name of a decking company into a search engine, you can pull up current and past reviews. Hit up your social platforms. Ask your network if anyone has had firsthand experience working with your top three or five decking company choices. 

Things in reviews to notice are:

  • Are the negative reviews just petty or serious problems
  • What reviewers are saying about the workers
  • Was the company reliable

In-person

Meeting with different deck builders is always advisable. These people and their crew are going to be working on your home for a couple of days, minimum. You should have a good feeling about them. Have a conversation to get an idea of the type of person your potential deck builder is. Go with your gut. 

Some questions to ask a deck builder during your meeting are: 

  • How do you handle unforeseen circumstances like schedule changes, weather, stress?
  • Do you pull the permits or will I have to? (Tip: a good company will always handle the permits themselves).
  • What is the projected timeline for completion?
  • Is your crew one you have always worked with or are they subcontractors or freelancers?
  • How many decks like mine have you built?

Estimates

One of the easiest determining factors is cost, along with what’s included within that price. Maybe some deck builders throw in lighting for free, while others will only produce the quoted work. In the end, the estimates you get from various deck builders will help you decide which one to go with.

End your search for a deck builder today. Contact Titan Decks and schedule your free consultation.