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Proper Ways to Take Care of Your Composite Wood Fence or Deck in 2023


Elevating your home’s exterior aesthetic and functionality is a balancing act between choosing stylish designs and ensuring long-term durability. One of the ways homeowners achieve this balance is by opting for composite wood for their fences and decks. Known for their impressive durability and minimal upkeep, composite wood structures are a favored choice in areas we serve, including Cardiff, Carlsbad, and Coronado.

While composite wood is low-maintenance, it’s not maintenance-free. You can lengthen its lifespan and keep it looking as good as new by taking appropriate care of it. How, you ask? That’s exactly what we at Modern Fence and Deck will guide you through in this comprehensive post.

In the coming sections, we’ll delve into the nitty-gritty of composite wood care – from understanding the unique nature of composite wood to specific seasonal maintenance tips. We will guide you through the do’s and don’ts, ensuring your composite wood fence or deck stays pristine and functional through every season. We will also touch on specific care tips for both fences and decks so you can customize your care routine according to your structure.

Remember, correct maintenance not only enhances the lifespan of your composite wood structures but also sustains their beauty, making your home stand out in your neighborhood. And don’t worry, you won’t be going at it alone. The Modern Fence and Deck team is here to assist every step of the way. Whether you’re considering a new custom lighting project or looking for materials to get started, you can always get a quote from us.

Ready to get started? Let’s dive into the world of composite wood maintenance and make sure your fence or deck stays in top-notch condition throughout 2023 and beyond!


Understanding the Nature of Composite Wood

Understanding the nature of composite wood is fundamental to maintaining it. So, what is composite wood? It is an engineered wood material made from a mixture of wood fiber, plastic, and a type of binding agent. These components are heated and compressed into the desired shape and size. The result is a highly durable material resistant to weathering and doesn’t splinter or rot like traditional wood.

Our Modern Fence and Deck services offer a wide range of composite wood options, allowing you to choose the perfect match for your home.

Seasonal Maintenance: Spring and Summer

Spring and summer are the ideal seasons to give your composite wood fence or deck a good clean. During these months, you can take advantage of the warm weather and longer daylight hours. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Remove any furniture or other items from your fence or deck.
  2. Use a soft-bristle brush to sweep off leaves, dirt, and debris.
  3. Wash the fence or deck with a mild soap or composite wood cleaner.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with a hose and let it air dry.

Remember, a clean fence or deck not only looks good but also allows you to identify any potential issues early.

For more tips on how to maintain your composite wood structures, check out our blog.

Seasonal Maintenance: Fall and Winter

In the fall and winter seasons, it’s essential to keep your composite wood fence or deck clear of leaves and other debris. If left unchecked, these can lead to mold or mildew growth.

Also, if you live in a snowy area like Rancho Santa Fe, remember to gently remove the snow using a plastic shovel. Avoid using a metal shovel as it may scratch the surface of your composite wood structure.

Regular Checks and Minor Repairs

Even with the best care, your composite wood fence or deck might need minor repairs from time to time. Regular checks will help you identify these issues early. Look out for things like:

  • Loose boards
  • Discoloration
  • Mildew or mold spots

If you spot any of these signs, don’t fret. Reach out to us at Modern Fence and Deck, and we’ll help you with the necessary repairs to ensure your composite wood structure remains in its best condition.

Handling Stains and Scratches

Life happens, and sometimes that means scratches and stains on your beloved composite wood fence or deck. Fear not, though – these are typically easy to manage.

For stains, first try removing them with soap and water. If they persist, specialty cleaners are available for more stubborn spots. Just remember to always test cleaning solutions on a hidden area first to ensure they don’t discolor the material.

As for scratches, these can often be gently buffed out using a wire brush. However, if you find a scratch or stain that’s too stubborn, our team at Modern Fence and Deck is always ready to assist.

Protecting Your Composite Wood Structures

To extend the lifespan of your composite wood structures, it’s crucial to protect them from the elements. Make sure water can drain away easily and isn’t pooling on the surface. Regularly sweep off any debris that might collect and hold moisture.

And, though composite wood is resistant to pests, maintaining a pest-free yard can also contribute to the long life of your fence or deck. For more tips on this, check out our services page.

Reaping the Rewards

With proper care, your composite wood fence or deck can provide beauty and functionality to your home for many years. Whether you’re in La Jolla or Del Mar, a well-maintained fence or deck increases your home’s curb appeal and provides an enjoyable outdoor space for gatherings.

When to Seek Professional Help

While composite wood is designed to be low maintenance, certain issues may call for professional help. Severe stains, deep scratches, or structural damage should be evaluated by a professional. Our expert team at Modern Fence and Deck is always ready to help, whether you’re in Coronado or Solana Beach.


Taking care of your composite wood fence or deck is a commitment worth making. This low-maintenance, eco-friendly material brings countless benefits to your home, enhancing its beauty and increasing its value. By following these guidelines, you’re not only preserving your investment, but also contributing to a more sustainable future.

If you need professional assistance, we at Modern Fence and Deck are here to guide you. We offer a variety of services tailored to meet your needs, whether you require a small repair or a full installation.

Remember to stay connected with us through our blog, where we share updates, tips, and new trends in fence and deck care. And if you’re interested in exploring more about our projects, our gallery showcases some of our work.

In conclusion, caring for your composite wood fence or deck isn’t just about prolonging its lifespan—it’s about creating a space that you can enjoy and be proud of for many years to come.


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