Maintenance for Millboard
All decking requires some cleaning, there is even a need of some maintenance for Millboard. However, if the deck is planned and installed thoughtfully this should be low-level cleaning rather than intensive maintenance. Work will probably involve no more than the occasional brush down for instance to keep the small drainage gaps between the boards clear. Some rules for the deck usage should also be in place – no barbecues and no fire pits on the deck would be a good start. Whatever the case you should find Millboard is a lot lower maintenance than softwood or hardwood decking.
Wood free product
Millboard decking is a wood free product, therefore lower maintenance to timber or wood-composite decking products (WPC) which contain wood flour. Softwood decking absorbs water from rain, snow and from cleaning and will stay wet for long periods leading to algae formation. This algae causes a problem by becoming slippery along with deckboards that may split, warp and splinter.
Similarly, hardwood decking requires annual cleaning and regular oiling to preserve its appearance. Despite the extensive maintenance you may need to do, you can still expect a hardwood deck to split and splinter eventually. Likewise due to expansion and contraction within the boards you will require larger gaps between the boards during installation.
Plastic decking can’t currently replicate the look of real wood like Millboard. Neither does it compare to the performance obtainable from a Millboard deck. Plastic deck boards will expand and contract with variations in temperature and will become slippery as ice when wet.
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