Getting decking fitted is quite a costly house addition, it is also fairly time consuming, so maintaining it and keeping on top of deck care is important if you want to save money and increase the lifespan of your new decking.
Decks are constantly exposed to elements all year round so it is important to establish a routine of upkeep to protect your deck and get the maximum life out of your timber deck.
Some easy steps to carry out your deck care routine:
- Wash the deck – remove debris from between the deck boards such as dead leaves and build up of moss and dirt with a sturdy, stiff broom, protect the shrubs and plantings by wetting them and covering them in a plastic sheet, thoroughly sweep the deck and ensure you use a high quality cleanser made for wood deck.
- Lightly sand the deck to remove any fluffiness or split wood caused by cleaning.
- Replace any missing or loose nails and screws so the wood remains in place and allows an even layer of toner or sealer.
Seal the deck – applying clear sealers and toners is vital to deck care. There are a few different ones such as: a clear sealer which allows the wood’s natural colour and grain to show through. Toners which add some colour but reveal the grain and provide protection against sunlight. Semi-transparent stain which tints wood. Finally solid stain (opaque colour) which seals weathering damage and covers the grain completely.
Reapplying sealers and toners needs to happen annually, for adequate deck care. This keeps the decking wood in good shape. Ensure to wear the appropriate equipment such as gloves, mask and eye protection when doing this. Some important aspects to remember before sealing and toning is ensuring you have clear skies and moderate temperatures for 24-48 hours to allow the sealers and toners to dry without disruption from evaporation from the heat for wetness from the rain.