Prolonging the lifespan of your Timber Deck
Timber decking can modernise and add sophistication to outdoor spaces. It offers natural beauty, builds character and is easy to install. However, harsh weather conditions, spillages, and the build-up of dirt and grime can jeopardise your deck’s appearance. Maintaining the timber’s authentic beauty calls for basic care, and by doing so, you can ensure longevity of your decking installation. Deck maintenance can reduce the chance of discolouration, and prevent any unsafe issues arising such as loose or cracked boards. By taking a few simple steps, your timber deck will serve its purpose for years to come.
Clean it regularly
Cleaning your timber deck doesn’t have to be difficult! All it requires is some basic, regular maintenance, as well as specific seasonal care. Remember to monitor your deck’s condition throughout the year, and take necessary measures as required.
Washing and sealing your deck is encouraged during spring, or during months with moderate temperatures. When cleaning your timber deck, choose the right cleaning products for the job. First things first, determine what type of cleaning agents your deck can withstand. Bleach-based cleaners are great for removing mildew, and acid-based products work best to eliminate stains and discolouration. Some finishes can only tolerate soap and water, so it’s important to check!
If you’re using a pressure washer, be careful! Spray the decking boards from a distance to avoid damaging the timber.
Be sure to remove any dirt or debris from your deck before cleaning, and allow the deck two days to dry if you plan on sealing it.
Some helpful cleaning tips to remember year round include:
- Sweep your deck at least twice a week to remove any sand or dirt
- Clean in between the boards at least twice yearly
- Maintain the area surrounding your deck during autumn. This involves trimming trees and bushes, and clearing gutters and downpipes of moss
- Inspect your timber deck – is it safe?
The safety of your deck should be paramount, and while it’s important to undergo inspections year round, aim to do a comprehensive inspection during summer so that necessary repair work can be completed (avoiding wet-weather and cold temperatures).
Some key points to remember when inspecting your deck include:
- Check for signs of rot by probing steps and posts with a flathead screwdriver
- Check all joints, posts, and beams
- Look for weather-worn areas
- Inspect the hardware underneath the decking
- Shake the railing with force to ensure it isn’t loose or damaged
Make necessary repairs
Once you’ve completed a thorough inspection, it’s time to tackle the repairs! Replace any cracked or damaged boards, add galvanised lag screws to any loose connections, replace loose nails, and seal any cracks with an adhesive. Depending on the size of the job, professional assistance may be required.
Continue looking after your hardwood decking for a prolonged lifespan, and when it does come time to replace your decking, get in contact with us! Our specialist team at Urbanline can offer you the professional advice you need for purchasing cleaning and sealing products, or building an outdoor deck.