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.
There are many different types of home and shed cladding, which means that there will be numerous amount of terms that you will have to know. Thus allowing you to know what you are getting for your money. Below we have listed some of the terms, with brief descriptions, that you should know. Continue reading
Choosing timber as a cladding material is a popular choice and for good reason.
Timber cladding possesses many properties that make timber appealing, and we can see why; it’s natural, isn’t a heavy material, environmentally friendly and incredibly durable. You can find out more below!
Natural insulator: Timber has a cellular structure meaning it provides natural insulation. Even during the winter, heat will be retained inside the structure.
Lightweight: The fact that timber isn’t a heavy material is what makes it attractive. It’s light nature makes the transportation process simpler and when hiring a professional to install your cladding, the cost will be notably cheaper.
Environmentally friendly: Another attractive property of timber cladding is that it is a natural material. Timber cladding is a renewable source and biodegradable, thus the environmentally friendly nature. There is considerably more energy that is used up when manufacturing and producing any other cladding, such as metal or concrete.
Durability: Timber, specifically cedar, is very durable. If the cladding is installed properly and treated often it will have a long life. The wood is resistant to pollution, corrosion, heat and frost – the only factor that will need to be controlled is moisture.
When cleaning wood and similar materials, most cleaning techniques involve a form of air blasting.
By using specifically designed units that blast different types of grit at the material to clean in question, and altering the pressure and amount of ‘grit’ so to not damage any delicate materials.
Grits can vary from very soft, which could be baking powder used for cleaning window frames without inflicting damage on the glass, to harder grits like fine glass grit which would be used on timber.
Some methods use water for cleaning, some manufacturers claiming it cuts problems with dust, which it does, but fine grit and material being removed would easily be ingrained in the substrate and would be almost impossible to remove afterwards.
Timber and timber decking should be brushed to remove any dirt, debris or leaves, then proceed onto a pressure washer and then allow to dry for one or two days.
Once your timber has completely dried, apply a varnish or timber protector and allow to dry also.