Timber decking is a great feature in every home that it is installed, mainly because the owner can enjoy its beauty and elegance for a long time. However, just like many precious things in this world, your timber decking needs maintenance. You wouldn’t want to have to replace your deck early due to lack of maintenance.
The best way to keep your timber decking looking at it finest is to follow a few simple steps:
1. Prevention – choose a quality decking timber to start with
Prevention is always better than cure, so firstly choose a quality timber products is a golden rule. Always make sure that you purchased the best quality timber. Do a little research and look for a product that will withstand harsh elements. Choosing a timber product that is poor quality already limits the life span of your desired decking.
2. Be patient, let it breath
After choosing the product, make sure it is installed properly. Let the decking breath for a few days after the final sealing is applied. This is to ensure that the alignment will not be disturbed.
3. Seal the deck well
Apply with the best finish. Whether you choose a colourless sealant or a wood varnish, make sure that it is the right finish for your decking. Keep in mind that an indoor sealant can’t be effective when used outside and vice versa. The reason is each product is designed to suit a particular purpose and to protect differently whether in harsh weather conditions or not.
The real key to your timber decking’s long life is maintenance; and that to ensure your decking will last a long time, conduct the required yearly maintenance. Firstly pressure clean your timber decking and remove any built up dirt and grime. Pressure cleaning is usually enough but for a lot of built up grime or oil based dirt apply a mild detergent. Once your deck is dry, apply the same sealer as you have previously used. You can then let your chosen sealant or finish dry and reapply until your reach the desired colour or shine.
You may wish to go a shade drier than the previous year but be careful changing products as some will not be compatible with what you have has in previous years.
Follow these simple yet effective steps and you will enjoy your timber decking for a lifetime to come.
For quality timber decking and other wood products, contact West Coast Timbers and to discuss your needs.