Archive: November 2014

Tips on How to Maintain a Timber Deck

| November 28, 2014 | Timber, Timber Decking | no comments

Timber decking is a brilliant way to extend your living space as well as establishing a natural beauty at your home. However, if you think about it, timber decks takes a lot of abuse. They get a lot of foot traffic and their horizontal surfaces are constantly exposed to sunlight and allow rain to pool on the surface. They are the most vulnerable to different weather condition than any other type of wooden structure. That’s why timber decking requires regular cycle of maintenance to retain their condition. When you fail to do so, it will cause discolouring on the timber surface and it will become prone to splinters. There is also mould that can make the timber deck surface slippery which is very dangerous. That’s why it’s a good idea to establish a maintenance routine that’ll protect your deck and prevent expensive repairs. Here are a few simple maintenance routines and tips to help keep your timber deck safe, sound, and looking great.

  • Remove mould mildew

-Get yourself a bucket of hot and soapy water and a good hard yard brush and scrub away a meter at a time. You can get yourself a powerful jet wash and set the nozzle to produce its most powerful jet. Give the planks a good clean making sure you get right into the hardwood grooves and between the planks.

  • Apply Stain

-If your decking looks a bit tired, it’s time to stain and re-treat it. Start by cleaning the area first. Then rinse the whole area at least twice and leave it to almost dry out before applying few coats. If you want to refresh a particular area of decking, you might also need to sand it first. If you are treating a large area and applying a few coats, you might want to apply the stain with a paint sprayer instead of a brush to speed up the process, or you could use a decking pad or roller.

  •  Clean and seal regularly.

-Have your deck professionally cleaned and sealed at least every 2 to 3 years to protect it against the rain and sun. If you opt to do it yourself, you’ll probably need to clean and seal the deck at least once a year, so in the long run, professional work pays for itself.

  • Take special steps for a new deck. If your deck is new, have it professionally cleaned to kill any mildew spores in the hardwood and to remove any surface impurities that may prevent deck sealer products from penetrating. Then have it sealed with a waterproof sealer. But be sure to wait at least 60 days after a timber deck is built to have it cleaned and stained; wood has to “age” first.
  • Make repairs as soon as possible. Replace any rotted boards as needed to avoid having to replace the whole deck. Regular maintenance should also include tightening loose boards or railings.

 

Timber decking is a great investment, so you should always ensure that it’ll provide the best value to your home by proper maintenance and care and always remember that prevention is better than cure so speak to a timber professional today.


Benefits of Timber Flooring Versus Vinyl Floor Coverings

| November 14, 2014 | Hardwood Flooring, Hardwood Floors, Timber Floor, Timber Flooring | no comments

Timber flooring has become highly popular as compared to vinyl floor coverings in recent times. Timber flooring also known as hardwood flooring is sought after owing to its varied features and incredible benefits which supercede that of vinyl floor coverings.

The style and welcoming warmth of natural hardwood flooring instantly adds value to your home. Unlike vinyl floor coverings, timber flooring remains cool in summer time and warm in the wintertime so despite the weather, you’ll feel comfortable in your home. Timber flooring has not only a myriad of designs but also different colours and textures. Compared to vinyl floor coverings, timber ages beautifully with some hardwood flooring getting warmer tones in some years.

Unlike vinyl flooring, with time, timber only gets harder eradicating any chances of grime or dust to build up. Unlike a soft flooring like vinyl floor coverings, timber will not allow dust mites to flourish making it the cleanest of surfaces for your home. You can just wipe away any spills on the floor cutting down your cleaning time.

Timber flooring is also eco-friendly and a green alternative to vinyl flooring. Timber floors are free from chemical substances unlike vinyl floor coverings that is produced using volatile organic chemicals or VOC, which may be a problem for people with asthma as it may lead to respiratory problems and eye irritation. Timber does not contain any chemicals and has the ability to eliminate the key ingredients that can trigger an allergy attack. It cannot carry dust mites, pollen or pet hairs. With a simple vacuum or a sweep, you can prevent all allergy causing irritants.

Timber flooring is much more durable compared to vinyl floor coverings. Furthermore, with the proper care and awareness, the home- owner isn’t likely to encounter any real issues. Apart from its low maintenance, the splendor of timber will make your home classier looking compared to vinyl floor coverings. Professionally installed timber flooring will immediately increase the value of your property compared to vinyl floor coverings. It matches the flooring needs of most people making it more desirable and appealing.