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How to Take Good Care Of Your Timber Decking

Hardwood_deckingTimber 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:

1Prevention – 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 colorless 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 iseach product is designed to suit a particular purpose and to protect differently whether in harsh weather conditions or not.

3. Maintenance

The real key to your timber decking’s long life is maintenance; and that to ensure your decking will last 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 desire 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 life time to come.

For quality timber decking and other wood products, contact West Coast Timbers and to discuss your needs.

 

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What type of hardwood timber can I buy?

Solid wood cabinet with glass doorsHere at West Coast Timbers we sell a range of timber products including wood furniture, flooring, wood cut to order that will suit your exact needs. Having timber in your home will make it totally lovely and to be admired by your friends for many years to come.

We have lots of different types of high quality timbers sourced from private, development or road works sites and recycled timbers. We don’t use state forest timber in our mill.

We sell timber products that will turn your home into a classic comfy palace.

Here is the list of hardwood timbers you can buy:

  1. Wood furniture
  2. Timber flooring
  3. Wood cut to order
  4. Raw edge timber
  5. Burls
  6. Decking timber

Wood furniture

Coffee TableYour search for classic sturdy wood furniture is over. You can request your own design or view or current stocks for custom made furniture pieces. Our handmade furniture will outlast you and live on for many generations.

Our furniture is made from Australian timber, that have had years to grow in lovely fresh air, not full of chemicals perfect for your dining and design.

We specialise in custom designed solid wood furnishings.

Timber flooring

Marri Floorboards - Solid WoodYou don’t need to worry for cold winter breeze with solid wood floors; they are warm in winter and cool in summer. Timber floorings are durable for any weather conditions perfect for your savings. Add a rug or two in winter and you have the prefect floor to snuggle on.

You don’t have to worry about dust mites as wood floors don’t have anywhere for mites to hide and are easily cleaned. If you have asthma or hay fever you can stay healthy throughout the year having non-allergenic timber flooring in your house.

Beautify your home into modern, retro or classic style with our different floor designs.

Wood cut to order

Want a piece of timber for a specific purpose? You can choose from our huge range of select the timbers.We can cut timbers into the exact sizes for your requirements. You don’t have to settle for near enough, let us know the measurements you need.

We sell slabs that are freshly milled and dried, cut to order, ready for your to create your wooden master piece even a lovely new dining table.

Raw edge timber

Split Logs - lovely solid wood for youWe can supply your timbersthat include Burls, Jarrah, Paperbark, Sheoak, Marri, WA Blackbutt, Tuart,Peppermint, and many more. Just ask. These timbers are ideal for quality pieces and durable furniture.

Burls

We can make you sturdy table tops with our various range of burls. Or you can buy unfinished burls to make your own.

Burl Wood Table Top

Burl Wood Table Top

Burls are lovely artistic wood which make them great for your furniture which will be displayed in your cosy living room.

Decking Timber

Extend living areas with a wood decking perfect to your lovely house. Wood decking is wonderful to use as a balcony on your second story. Choose different timber to add style to your verandah, balcony or patio floor.

Deck your garden area and share the fabulous view with friends, perfect to create an outdoor kitchen in your entertaining area.

Where to buy hardwood timber?

West Coast Timbers of course!

Have the best timber to cover your needs. Call West Coast Timbers on 08 9720 2561 to discuss your timber needs and book an appointment to see our timber range.

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When should I seal my deck?

Hardwood_deckingSeal your deck every year. Having your deck sealed annually will help keep its gorgeous look for years to come.

Follow the 5 easy tips to extend the life of your deck,

  1. Sand any rough spots
  2. Sweep clean all dust
  3. When to reapply deck sealer
  4. Apply deck sealer
  5. When should I seal my deck?

Sand any rough spots

Before you start cleaning, make sure to remove the scratches, lumps or bumps on the surface of the board making it smooth ready for sealing. Use a fine sandpaper to sand any splintered floor surface. Check for any damaged or rotten boards to know if needs repair or replacement.

Sweep clean all dust

Sweep the entire deck with a soft broom to clean dust, dirt and any debris above from the boards. You could also use leaf blower for loose dirt or debris that maybe hiding between the boards.

When to reapply deck sealer

When do you need to reapply your deck sealer? Every 12 months is a good rule of thumb but depending on the conditions you may need to do it more often.

To determine whether to seal or not, pour a small amount of water on a deck surface of your deck; if the water beads up in droplets then you don’t need to reapply deck sealer in that area of your deck. If the water soaks into the deck, then you will need to reapply the same type of sealer you have used previously; after the cleaning process.

It is very difficult to change from oil based sealers to water based sealers or vice versa with sanding your deck back to bare wood. The old saying of oil and water don’t mix really is true for deck sealers.

Apply deck sealer

Follow the instructions on the back of the can for your particular type of deck sealer.

Try to prevent people and pets from walking on the deck while it is drying, which depending on the weather may take a day or two.

When should I seal my deck?

Sealing your deck is like applying moisture to your skin, it stops the wood drying out and keeps your deck in great condition for many years to come. You should reapply a sealer to your deck every year to help prevent damage occurring to your deck. Or if the weather conditions have been harsh or the deck has not be sealed for a while you may have to reapply more often.

Need new decking boards or a whole new deck?

West Coast Timbers have a whole range of timbers you can choose from. We have a larger variety of timbers than Bunnings so chances are we will be able to match your existing deck if you need to do a repair.

Call West Coast Timbers on 08 9720 2561 to discuss your timber needs. We are the mill so there is no middle man here, buy direct and save.

 

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How to keep your decking looking good?

Hardwood_deckingYou’ve invested a lot of time and effort into your deck! So, it’s no surprise you want to keep it looking good for as long as you can – to enjoy many years of entertaining. Luckily, it’s fairly simple to maintain a deck and keep it looking beautiful.

Protection is the key

To keep your decking looking its best, it needs to be cleaned regularly. However, if you want your deck to last longer, you need to protect it. Don’t wait for your deck to start deteriorating before you do something about it. Preventative maintenance is a very wise idea. Before a problem arises, prevent it!

It’s extremely important to protect your deck once a year by using a decking cleaner and a decking stain, oil or protector. If it’s looking really old and weathered, you will need to use a decking restorer first before applying the products.

There are 3 types of products that will protect your decking:

  • Decking protector. This makes your deck water proof. Don’t worry, applying a decking protector won’t change the colour of your deck at all because it is translucent in colour;
  • Decking stain. This is available in a variety of colours. This makes your deck weather proof and gives it a semi opaque finish; and
  • Decking oil. It penetrates deep inside the wood replacing its lost natural oils while leaving a subtle colour that enhances the natural beauty of your wood decking.

Each of the above provides different levels of protection. Don’t let your deck look worn out and weary! Keep it looking fresh and new, so you can hold a deck party at the drop of a hat, without worrying about how tired it looks.

How to keep your decking looking good?

Do you need some decking? For all of your timber supplies, contact West Coast Timbers. We supply decking materials in Bunbury and the surrounding areas. Our woods are of the highest quality and we also customise, cutting according to your very own requirements. Ring us today on 08 9720 2561 to discuss your needs with us.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Where can I buy timber decking supplies in Bunbury?

Hardwood_deckingA timber deck can provide you a place to relax, unwind, breath a little and appreciate the outdoors. If you are planning to have a new deck installed, you might start to consider looking for a store that offers timber decking supplies. That is one option, but why not cut out the middle man and go straight to the mill?

West Coast Timbers are your local mill, 15 minutes north of Bunbury on the edge of Binningup so easy to get to. This is an important to consider especially if you want a customised deck for your home or if you want a DIY deck.

Timber decking supplies

A timber deck looks so natural and has that warmth feeling. You have a lot of options when it comes to timber decking. You can use different kind of timber for your deck – you can use Jarrah, Tuart, Blackbutt and other Australian hardwood. With the wide choice of hardwood and timber, you can create just the perfect look for your deck.

When in Bunbury, choose West Coast Timbers. We offer different hardwoods for your decking needs. We have access to different timber you can’t just find anywhere else. We can also cut your timber on your desired length and sizes and even customised it for you! You don’t have to settle for standard lengths, we can just to the size you need not what fits on the suppliers shelf.

Our hardwoods are durable, making it an excellent choice for a hard wearing and stylish deck that you want. Here at West Coast Timbers, we understand your needs. We supply a wide range of hardwood. When laid properly and maintained, your timber deck can last for many years!

Experience the difference!

Buy from the mill and save. All of our products are of highest quality. We take pride in offering our customers a timber deck that will weather the harsh Australian environment. We don’t compromise on quality and our products will add value to your home!

For more information about our range of hardwoods for decking, furniture and more contact West Coast Timbers on 9720 2561.

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Where can I buy wood to make a deck?

Fabulous decking, a cut above the restWhether you are contemplating on having an extra space to add to your home or just want to upgrade your home, adding a deck is a good idea. A beautiful deck can provide a good place to host events with friends and spending family time outside. There are a number of great benefits you will get with having a deck, including:

  • Increase home aesthetic appeal
  • Have that extra space
  • A place to host a party, BBQ or family get together
  • Inexpensive way to add extra space to your home

If you are handy, there are many ways you can build your own deck. What to do first? Find a reliable wood mill where you can buy durable and quality wood for your DIY deck.

Where to buy in Bunbury?

Your first question would be “Where can I buy wood to make a deck”? Of course, getting the right wood is the key to having a beautiful and durable deck. When in Bunbury, choose West Coast Timbers. We offer quality timber – Australian hardwoods you can’t find elsewhere. Our timbers are affordable, high quality and with incredible selection for you. With our range of timbers, you’re sure to find something that would suit your taste and needs.

Our range of quality hardwoods and timbers can be cut according to your specific needs – just tell us what you want. No need to buy a whole pack when you only need a small amount to finish off that area. We can cut to your exact length you require not just regular sizes. Wecustom cut to suit you, saving you time and money.

Where can I buy wood to make a deck?

West Coast Timbers is the solution for you!

At West Coast Timbers, we have the wood you’ve been looking for – decking timber to furniture timbers and everything in between; from the beautiful Marri wood to burls to Blackbutt! Contact West Coast Timbers for all your wood needs – we mill our own timber so you can save money.

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How to fix timber decking?

Hardwood_deckingSuffering from weathered timber decking? No worries, you can fix your decking right away without replacing it. West Coast Timbers have got you some tips to keep your timber decking in tiptop condition.

  1. Treat cracks and splits
  2. Sand the deck
  3. Restore the natural colour
  4. Seal the deck
  5. Buy new timber

Treat cracks and splits

As decks ages it needs to be oiled and looked after to prevent get cracks and splits. If it is too late and the damage is done, unscrew the cracked boards.

To fix you have 2 options to fix it depending on the severity of the damage

1. For minor damage – Inject the cracks with a coloured caulk compound by the manufacturer. Use clamps to prevent the crack from opening while the caulk dries. Leave the clamps on overnight until the board is completely set before removing them.

2. Replace the effected boards with new one. West coast timber has a huge range of timbers so give them a call to get a very close match.

Sand the deck

Use a belt sander to sand the weathered boards sand off the grey tint and get back to the underlying wood. Sanding can reveal the natural colour of your deck making it look like new. Apply the recommend oil and remember to oil annually from now on.

Seal the deck

Seal the deck once a year for a permanent protection. Fill a sprayer with deck sealer then spray it thoroughly. Angle the spray to penetrate through the cracks and joists. It is best to spray the bottom of the deck. Allow the sealer to dry for 3 days before using the deck.

How to fix timber decking?

See you don’t need to replace the whole deck, simply follow these tips above. Or buy a new piece to replace the damaged section and repair your deck.

Need help looking after your decking?

Contact West Coast Timbers on 08 9720 2561 to discuss your timber needs.

We are the mill, so buy direct and save. All your timber needs both large and small.

 

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4 tips to protect your deck

Hardwood_deckingYour deck is a great space to enjoy the outdoors, whether entertaining or just sitting quietly with a cuppa.

Has the winter weather taken a toll on your deck?

Does it need a bit of TLC to get it ready for it’s summer service?

Here are 4 tips on how to look after and protect your deck:

  • Check it
  • Clean it
  • Repair it
  • Seal it

It is  important to look after your deck so you will get many years of service. An annual check could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Remember, even treated woods can deteriorate over time due to environmental hazard as is it exposed to such as water, humidity and the heat of the sun.

You’ll just notice that your once charming and beautiful wooden oasis not looking at it’s best. It is easy to prevent this and maintain your valuable asset.

Check your deck

Observe carefully, have a really good look at your deck. Are the nails on its place? Your boards may have warped or cracked over the winter. Take note of the changes you see and address the problem immediately.

Repair it

Do regular maintenance. Fix any problem you have found when checking your deck, prevention is definitely the best way to go.

Clean your deck

Always keep your deck clean. A clean deck is a beautiful deck! Sweep your deck regularly. Get rid of any leaves that have blown in as they can damage or stain the wood on your deck if they are left there.

Keep your deck sealed

Thoroughly clean your deck using a high pressure water cleaner, remove any dirt or buildup between the boards. Give your deck is clean, give it plenty of time to dry completely.

Protect your deck by applying deck sealer which come in water and oil based. With sealers it is important to use the same kind as before. It is almost impossible to switch from oil back to waterbase with completely stripping your deck back which is a lot of work. You can seal your deck to prevent it from drying out and cracking. The sealer also protects the surface from scratches and wear and tear.

To keep your deck functional and pretty, keep it simple, regular sweeping and bit of annual TLC. Follow these tips and you will keep your deck looking good through the years.

New deck, extending a deck, replacing your deck.

Is it too late for your deck or would you like a to have a deck? Contact West Coast Timbers, buy direct from the mill and save. We have a range of decking timbers to suite your needs and cut to suit your requirements.

Ring West Coast Timbers today and discuss the timber for your new deck and get ready to enjoy it for years to come.

 

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How to care for your timber decking.

How to care for your timber decking

Fabulous decking, a cut above the restWhen 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.

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