Ice is a problem especially on stairs and walkways. Remember to never chip at the ice this will damage the deck ( composite or wood).If you must use salt to control the ice as many of us Canadians do to keep
our friends and family safe it is suggested that you choose ice melts such as rock salt and calcium chloride. These are safe to use on composite decks, but they can damage wood decks. Some homeowners will use ice melt on their wood decks anyway since it’s such an effective method of preventing slippage.
However, in addition to damaging wood, ice melt products can also be corrosive to metal, meaning they may weaken the hardware holding your deck together. If you do use ice melt anyway, make sure you rinse it off once the snow and ice are gone. Be careful when using products that contain dyes such as red or blue as they can stain the wood of your deck as well. Tomorrow we will end our series on railing safety.