Outdoor living spaces are an important aspect of the Australian lifestyle, and it’s for that reason that many consider the timber deck a practical necessity for the home.
Yet, timber decking is a big investment and, in most circumstances, requires maintenance to keep it looking brand new. Exposure to the elements and rough treatment may mean your deck can fade and crack. So, to retain its colour, natural finish and keep it looking like new for years to come, consider these steps.
Use quality timber
It all comes down to planning. This means choosing a timber that will suit the conditions and environment you live in. If your deck will be in direct sunlight, harsh conditions or a high foot traffic area you’ll need to select a timber with a high durability.
Some timbers leach colour, naturally weather or twist, bend and crack if not effectively treated. Taking these factors into consideration before you decide on a timber decking will ensure your timber remains looking new with minimal effort.
Correctly installed timber decking will contribute to its stability and longevity. This includes durable hardware that won’t corrode, adequate airflow under the boards to prevent moisture build up and a coating that seals and protects the timber.
Timber that is pre-oiled, prefinished or primed still requires a topcoat for complete protection. If you live in a coastal area keep in mind that construction materials will weather a lot quicker due your proximity to salt water.
Clean and repair
Keep your deck clean. Make sure you remove leaves, dirt, animal droppings or BBQ grease from your deck. This can cause erosion of the top coating and allow moisture to seep into the boards, discolouring and rotting the timber.
Re-fix any boards that are pulling away from the subframe as soon as you see them. This will help to protect your deck from further damage, wear and tear.
Sand and recoat
Sand and recoat your deck every 2 to 3 years to ensure that the timber remains protected and looking as good as new. Sand out splinters, stains and scratches from the timber using a floor sander to ensure it is evenly sanded to ensure water doesn’t pool on the deck.
Follow the manufacturers installation guide when applying the sealer of your choice to ensure a suitable and long-lasting coverage.
For a small effort your deck will stay protected and looking brand new for many years of outdoor entertaining.
Bowens supplies the construction industry, trades and general public with timber decking, wood-composites and fibre cement decking, to offer a wide range of options when it comes to a long lasting, durable timber deck.