Decking is an essential in the summer, as it tends to be one of most used areas. You never know that a relaxing day could turn into a BBQ with friends, once the sun is out. However, what happens if the decking isn’t prepared? Winter weather has meant the decking has taken a bit of a battering and has made the decking in dire need of a prep! This is why we have compiled a list of top tips to ensure your timber decking stands out for the whole of summer.
First and foremost, assess the condition that the decking is correctly in. This way you’ll be able to know exactly what products you need to get. This will ensure that you don’t waste money on products you don’t need. If your decking is younger than six months than there should be no need to treat it. As premature treatment can damage its life, so it’s best to leave it alone for the first six months. However, if it is older than this then it’s time to get treating!
Before you treat the decking, ensure you give it a deep clean. It’s highly advised to use a pressure washer, as this will remove mould, algae and dirt. If the decking is just in need of a little tidy then use a scrubbing brush or a broom, as these will help to get rid of all the dirt out of the grooves in the wood.
So now you have assessed and cleaned your decking, it’s time to decide how to clean it. This is dependent on the style that you want. Oiling decking is a popular choice, as it replaces the natural oils in the timber, that are lost over time. Also waterproofing the decking, so it doesn’t warp. Another option is paints. This allows you to fit it to any style you want. As well as fitting it to any trending colours or even a timeless look that will always suit your house. paints help to stop splinters and also fill in small cracks around the decking. Both oils and paints require annual applications to ensure they stay in good condition.
Try to care for your decking at least twice a year, ideally just after winter and before spring, to prepare for summer, and at the start of autumn, to prepare for winter. It is best not to apply in wet or damp conditions, as it can ruin the decking and you’ll have to start again. Also, avoid treating in severe heat, as the treatment may dry before it is absorbed into the wood.