Do Polywood Rust?

So you’re trying to decide whether or not you should buy Polywood for your deck. Or maybe you already have some but want to find out if it will rust under certain conditions.

In either case, here are the answers to the most important question whether will Polywood material will rust.

Polywood is made of recycled plastic which will not likely get rust when getting wet. However, on environment with salty air you may notice corrosion over time as it does get corroded.

Now that you know that Polywood is able to resist rust, let’s now talk more about some other questions people might have about Polywood!

Read on and continue!

Will Polywood rot in salt water?

Yes, Polywood can be damaged by exposure to saltwater but the effect will not be great. If exposed to a lot of saltwater, there could be damage to the surface of the Polywood. This would make the wood look like its rotting away. But this doesn’t mean that the entire piece of polywood has rotted away. It just means that the outer layer of the wood was affected. The rest of the wood remains unaffected.

This damage happens because the Polywood absorbs moisture from the ocean and then releases this absorbed moisture into the surrounding atmosphere. The result is a mildew like growth on the surface of the Polywood. If left untreated, this could lead to rotting of the entire piece of Polywood.

How long can I expect my Polywood to last?

This depends entirely upon how much sun and care your Polywood gets during its lifetime. Typically, it can last 20 years and will still look nice as long as it’s given proper care.

In general, we recommend keeping your Polywood indoors from time to time where there is less sunlight.

You can also use an indoor cover such as a tarpaulin to protect your Polywood from direct sunlight.

If you do need to leave your Polywood outside, make sure to keep it covered at all times so that rain doesn’t soak through the top layer of Polywood. 

What kind of maintenance do I need to keep this product looking new and fresh?

The best way to maintain your Polywood is to store it inside whenever possible. You don’t really need to worry too much about cleaning your Polywood unless it becomes dirty. Just wipe off dirt using a damp cloth.

If you must clean your Polywood outdoors, simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Then dry it completely with a soft towel. Make sure to remove any debris stuck between the layers of Polywood.

Is there a way to prevent Polywood from being damaged by rain/saltwater?

There isn’t currently a way to stop Polywood from absorbing moisture from the sea. So, even though Polywood won’t rot, it will absorb moisture from the air around it.

However, you can minimize the amount of moisture that comes into contact with your Polywood by storing it indoors. Also, try to avoid exposing it to high humidity environments.

Can Polywood be used outdoors without any problems?

Polywood should work fine if stored properly indoors or out. However, if you are planning to take your Polywood outside for extended periods of time, you may want to consider purchasing a covering.

These covers come in different sizes and shapes depending on what type of Polywood you own.

They’re designed specifically to hold your Polywood safely while protecting it against weather elements.

Does Polywood look good after years of use?

Yes, Polywood can last for up to 20 years when properly cared for. The color of your wood will fade over time but that’s the only thing you’ll notice as it ages.  

As long as you store your Polywood indoors and cover it during bad weather conditions, you shouldn’t have any problems with its appearance even after a few years.  If you want to maintain the color of your Polywood, simply use a good quality wood stain.