Caring for your decking
Having an outdoor space is central to outdoor living. With the warm weather firmly entrenched it’s not too late to ready your deck for entertaining.
Popular surfaces continue to be timber decking because of its durability and evenness when being installed. But no matter the surface it can get grotty and tired during winter.
Prevention is the best cure when it comes to caring for timber. Regular maintenance will help to keep decking in tip top condition and protect against damage from summer outdoor activities, such as drips and spills
A new or existing, a freshly finished deck is a great way to enjoy summer. The key to achieving a professional-looking result is ensuring the timber decking is well seasoned, free from natural extractives (tannin) and clean.
Here are some quick decking maintenance tips:
– Sweep with a stiff bristled broom to remove leaves, dust and other debris. Don’t use acid washes or high pressure cleaning apparatus to clean pavers without engaging a professional, as they can cause irreparable surface damage if used incorrectly.
– Rinse the treated decking boards thoroughly with a high pressure water cleaner or hose. Immediately after rinsing apply a wood cleaner using a soft broom or brush.
– To avoid rust stains, make sure metal outdoor furniture and bases are properly covered and always clean stains before they harden or dry.
– If your timber decking is new, We suggest leaving it to season naturally after installation as this will allow the release of tannins from the timber fibres.
– If building or renovating, cover the paved areas during construction to protect against the damaging effects of mortar, oxides and cement.
– Once your deck is clean and dry, apply a finish. Finishes come in clear, tinted, semi-transparent, and solid colours. The look you choose is mainly a matter of personal taste. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for application but you can generally use a brush, roller, sponge or sprayer.
Once the deck or paving is complete decorate the space with a table, chairs or bench seat, add a few potted plants for colour and enjoy!