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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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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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