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.