If you’ve recently installed some timber decking and made the discovery that it can be a very slippery decking area when wet, rest assured, you’re not alone. The good news is that there is now a professional and reliable solution to this problem – easily fitted AFTER your decking has been laid.
Why is timber decking slippery?
Whilst your timber decking is dry, you’ll no doubt experience no slippery concerns. The issue presents itself when it becomes wet – from rain, frost, dew or even snow. This can happen at any time
of the year, as we well know in the UK, where we are experiencing increasingly unpredictable weather.
Wood is generally a smooth product and not developed to offer any sort of grip. Originally, the grooves that you see in timber decking were to facilitate some grip, but the effect is limited. The result? Slippery decking as soon as it becomes wet and concern about walking over it.
So what now?
Gone are the days of attaching chicken wire to your beautiful decking or smothering it in plastic mats on rainy days. The answer is to resolve your slippery decking problem once and for all, with a solution that does the job properly, whilst also not detracting from the natural beauty of timber decking.
Enter DeckWright Inserts.
Developed by experts in the industry, DeckWright Inserts can be retrospectively fixed to your decking – even after it has been laid – adding some much needed grip to keep your family, friends and colleagues safe from a slip that could result in a serious injury.
- Tested and approved (and accredited with DeckMark Plus)
- Lasts for the life of your decking – no need to re-apply
- Easy to install yourself
- Suitable for steps, walkways and larger areas
- Ideal for both commercial and domestic
- Made in the UK
Any other solutions for slippery decking?
You have further choices when it comes to stopping your timber decking becoming slippery, but each tends to have limitations. Here’s some thoughts:
Aforementioned chicken wire! This is of course a relatively cheap option, but I think that is its own asset and effectiveness will be limited in a downpour.
Anti slip paints and oils. Easy to buy online and in many stores, we’re comfortable with the idea of painting something on. But be aware of the reapplication requirements and the fact that high traffic areas will deteriorate quickly. You also might struggle to mix coatings over time. So for example, if you first try oil, you will not be able to overcoat with an anti-slip paint.
Anti slip mats. Whilst they might offer grip, they hide your lovely timber decking! Did you want a grey plastic outdoor surface or a beautiful timber one?
Screw on anti-slip decking strips. Like DeckWright Inserts, they don’t need to be reapplied but they can look very much like an after-thought. A key limitation is that most cannot be easily cut to length on site as they are incredibly rigid. This means careful measuring and the potential for wastage. DeckWright Inserts can be cut with standard tools and are remarkably bendy to help with ease of installation. No length is wasted as it can always but up against another.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can resolve your slippery decking problem, please give us a call or send us an email. We’re friendly and we’d love to be able to help you.
Phone: 01482 338950