Caring for your timber deck
6 steps to keep your hardwood timber deck in mint condition.
Enjoying the serenity of the great outdoors from the verandah is one of life’s great pleasures. So it’s important to keep the timber decking on your verandah in good shape so that it lasts you a very long time.
Maintaining your timber deck isn’t hard, it just takes a bit of effort. The hot Australian sun, together with its variable weather, means that your decking will take a beating. And that’s all the more reason why it should be looked after properly. Here are a few suggestions to help you to enjoy your timber decking for many years to come.
1. Don’t be in a hurry to use your decking once you’ve applied the final coat of varnish. Give the timber a chance to adapt. Wait at least 48 hours before you start putting your outdoor furniture back in place.
2. While you’re waiting, have a think about the parts of your furniture that make contact with the decking. Look at buying some protective pads to lessen the impact on the timber.
3. There’s a difference between looking at your timber deck – and seriously looking at it. If you spring clean your home indoors once a year, check your decking at the same time. Sweeping away leaves and dirt is the easy part, but it’s also good to spend a bit of time getting rid of any moss or other plants that might have appeared around the timber.
4. Once a year you should also reseal your deck using the material of your choice – paint, varnish, oil or stain. Make sure you prepare the decking well before you start and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. In some cases, you might want to reseal the timber twice a year.
5. There are a lot of products around to help you maintain and repair timber decking. The main thing is to care for your decking regularly. That way it will continue to look great and go on doing its job for many years to come.
6. Remember that some fancy cleaning equipment may do more harm than good. Simple is best. Use a good broom for sweeping, carefully remove the wrong type of plant growth and reseal with appropriate material.
And here’s an extra hint from us. We like to use Spa-N-Deck, which is a water-based application that does an outstanding job, easily and in a short time. We’ve found that it gives decking a new and long lease of life. Check it out at www.floodaustralia.net/products/wood_care/spa_n_deck.php.