How to care for your timber decking

Solid Wood DeckingWhen it comes to timber decking it can be quite beautiful and it can really last for a very long time. However, if you don’t care for the timber properly it will wear out and will need to be replaced long before it should be replaced. The best way to make sure you get a long life from your decking is to make follow some simple tips to care for your timber.

  1. Buy Quality
  2. Allow your deck to breather before sealing
  3. Stain – correct product for the job
  4. Yearly maintenance

Buy Quality

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you start with a quality timber decking product. You shouldn’t just buy any timber and assume that it is quality. You need to do some investigating. You should find out if it is pressurized and treated to withstand the elements that it will experience over time as a decking material. If you start with a poor timber product you are already limiting the quality life of your finished deck.

Allow your timber to breath.

Secondly you need to have your new deck installed properly. Most installers and people who deal with timber will recommend that you wait a few days prior to sealing or staining the decking material for the first time. You want to give the timber a little while to breath prior to adding the finish to it.

Correct sealant for the job

The finish you choose can either be a clear sealant or it can be a wood stain. Either way you need to make sure that the product you use to finish of your decking material is right for the job. This means you don’t want to use a stain that is intended for indoor use on an outdoor deck project.

Yearly maintenance

The real key though to promoting a long life of your deck’ is to make sure that the yearly maintenance is carried out. You need to make sure that once a year you have the decking material pressure washed.

Once you have finished cleaning the deck it will be time to once again stain or apply sealant to the deck. You need to stay with the same deck stain colour, clear finish or sealant you used the first time around. It is best to apply fresh stain or sealant after the deck has had at least one day to dry after it was cleaned.

If you follow these simple steps, then your wooden deck will last for a long time to come.

Timber Decking needs in Bunbury

West Coast Timbers supply a range of timbers cut to size for your decking project. Ring to discuss your needs. Don’t settle for near enough when you can have your exact requirement direct from the mill.

Located just north of Bunbury, West Coast Timbers are your local timber mill and we don’t log or mill any state forest timber. We have a larger range of timber varieties than Bunnings so let us know who we can help you with all your timber decking and hard wood timber needs.