Caring for Your Timber Decking

Hardwood_deckingA timber deck has an effortlessly beautiful and is long lasting. However, if you don’t take care of the timber properly it will wear and age more quickly, requiring replacement sooner.The best way to promote the long life of your decking is to ensure you follow a few simple steps to weatherproof your timber.

Start with quality

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you start with a quality timber deck. You shouldn’t just buy any timber and assume that it is of good quality or the right wood for the job. You need to do some research first.You should find out if the wood is treatedproperly to withstand the elements that it will experience over time. If you start with a poor timber product you are already limiting the life of your finished deck.

Sealing and Staining

Once you have purchased quality materials and it has been properly installed, you need to ensure that it is looked after well. Most installers will recommend that you wait a few days after installation to seal or stain the decking material for the first time. You want to give the timber a little while to breathe, before adding the finish to it.

A clear sealant or a wood stain can then be applied. No matter which you choose make sure that the product you use is right for the job.

  • Don’t use a stain that is intended for indoor use on an outdoor deck
  • Always check the label and read the instructions carefully.

Regular Maintenance

The most important thing to ensure your deck will have a long life is to make sure that yearly maintenance is done. You need to make sure that once a year you have the deck pressure cleaned. Take this opportunity to clean the deck thoroughly and check it’s condition, look for loose nails and split boards.

After you have finished cleaning the deck you need to reapply the stain or sealant.If you decided to stain your deck the first time around, it is suggested to stay with the same stain colour you used the first time. Make sure the deck is really dry before applying a fresh stain or sealant leaving a day to dry if you can .

Caring for Your Timber Decking

By following these easy steps, you will know your wooden deck will last for many years to come.

Anything you want to know about wooden decking contact West Coast Timbers now on (08) 9720 2561 for your needs. We mill and manufacture all the timber ourselves!

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