Keeping Your Timber Deck Looking Great In All Weathers

If you want to sit outside and enjoy your garden; then there’s no better choice than a timber decking. It means that you can set up tables, chairs, and parasols on an even surface, and it provides space for relaxing and entertaining. With many people rating their garden as the favourite part of their home, it’s a popular spot to show off to visitors, and the right decking helps you make the most of it. However, if you invest in a timber deck, then it’s important to keep it well maintained and protect it from all weather conditions, so here are a few ways to keep it looking new.

Treatment

It’s essential when your decking is installed that you get the right treatments to protect it from rain and UV light, and this will often be included in the price of installation. Whether your decking has been pressure treated or not, you will need to apply deep penetrating treatment to ensure that it stays at its best. You’ll also need to clean the deck and reapply the treatments regularly by:

• Wetting the deck
• Working a diluted cleaning product into the wood
• Rub the surface with a stiff bristled brush
• Hosing off the excess
• Leaving for three days to dry thoroughly
• Adding two coats of specialist treatment

There are different products available for various colours and finishes, so that you can get a look to suit your garden. By applying a waterproofing treatment that has a fungicide and protects from sun exposure, you can be sure that your timber will look at its best for as long as possible and that your investment is safe.

Removing an old treatment

If you have just brought a new home, you may be wondering whether the decking has already been treated, as this will need to be stripped if you want to apply your own products. You can do this by waiting until the wood is completely dry, adding a few water droplets, and seeing if they sink in after five to ten minutes. If they sink into the wood, then there’s no treatment applied so you can just add your own, but if they sit on the top then there is some sort of coating applied that will need removing.

There are chemicals on the market that remove old coatings, but it’s essential that if you take this on as a DIY project to be properly protected. Wear gloves, a mask, and other relevant clothing to protect your skin, and make sure you rinse off the excess as soon as you are finished to prevent the fumes from spreading.

Damage

One of the best things about timber decking is that a damaged plank can be replaced fairly easily, but it’s also essential to find out the cause of rotting wood or why it’s going soft. If there’s a leak, this can cause wood rot, but luckily it’s easy to get rid of mould and mildew, and by using a sharp tool you can see where the badly rotted planks are, helping you identify ones that need to be replaced.

Joists can also be an area that weakens over time, and this can cause your decking to warp or even collapse. Just replacing the most rotten joists can really help the decking to last for longer, and replacing rusted screws at the same time can also improve the look of the deck.

Decking can make a big improvement to your garden, giving you a space to lay out in the sun, or enjoy a glass of wine after a long day, and therefore it’s essential to keep it well maintained and looking at its best. It doesn’t take much to keep things looking their best, and it’s a fairly easy DIY job that can be done in an afternoon. Most people choose to do the work in summer when it’s easier to get the deck dry enough for treatments, and once you do this you can get on with enjoying your decking any way that suits you.

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