Deck Miantenance
A safe timber deck is one that is one that is regularly maintained. Timber rot, cracks, splitting, warping and discolouration, are all problems waiting to happen thanks to our harsh climate. These simple steps will help you get the most from you deck.

Twice a year maintenance

Most decks are built from pressure-treated timber, including a variety of hardwoods that are meant to stand up well to the elements. Even so, the best timber can deteriorate if not maintained properly. To get the most from your deck, check for deterioration at least twice a year, and certainly in spring and autumn.

To ensure it stays in top condition you should clean your deck every year and treat it every two years.

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Cleaning

There are a variety of products available for cleaning bare timber decks. In most cases you may be able to get the same results from a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part bleach (before applying, be sure to cover any nearby plants).
  • If your deck has been painted with a special decking paint, try cleaning it with a sugar soap solution. Make up and use the solution according to the
    manufacturer's directions.
  • Use a sprayer to apply either solution. Once applied, allow it to soak for five or 10 minutes, scrub any dirty areas with a stiff bristle brush and then rinse off.Repeat the process if necessary.
  • After cleaning your bare timber deck, it's worth applying a clear or tinted water repellent that provides protection from ultraviolet radiation.
  • For previously stained or painted decks, recoat with the original coating as 
    required. For all coatings be sure to follow the manufacturer's application
    instructions.
  • If you notice that nails are popping up or screws are missing from your deck 
    planks, replace them with galvanized or stainless-steel deck screws.
  • If you see splinters, sand them away and pay close attention to steps and 
    railings.

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Colouring

After you clean your bare timber deck you may want to use a clear or tinted sealant to change its look. Any product you consider should offer protection from water, mould and ultraviolet radiation.
  • The benefit of clear wood preservatives is that they protect the wood's natural look and can be re-applied without first stripping the previous coats.
  • Tinted preservatives add a little colour to the wood and are available in a variety of shades. These come in two main types, stains and solid finishes.  Stains allow  the grain of the timber to show through, where solid finishes give a uniform look to the deck.

    It's important to remember this simple maintenance schedule. Its best to regard your decking as a functional outdoor space that requires attention from time to time.
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