Tips for getting your decking, summer ready!
Decking is a great addition to your garden, providing space for garden furniture, a fun barbecue area or an area for the kids. But over the winter months your decking can be neglected and become less than inviting to use. There are many ways to bring your decking area back up to its best. We’ve had a look at some great tips to get your decking ready for summer.
Give it a clean
The first and possibly most important part of deck maintenance is making sure the area is clean before you start. Spring and summer are the best times to do this job. Remove any surface dirt, moss and mould. Any previous paint or other decking treatments will also need to be removed to get the perfect final finish by either sanding or brushing. Using a power washer will make the job much easier, but in the absence of one, a hard broom and water will also do the trick to remove any remaining debris. Avoid using any house hold cleaning products when cleaning your decking to ensure any treatment that you are going to apply will not be effected. You can use specific deck cleaning products to make the job easier. Always ensure you give your decking plenty of time to dry thoroughly after cleaning.
Inspect the wood
Taking some time to inspect your decking once it is properly clean will reveal if any of the wooden panels are damaged. The wet and cold weather during the winter months can cause parts of your decking to rot and split, so ensuring you check it thoroughly and replace any rotten panels will keep it looking its best. If there are any loose nails protruding out of any of the panels, its best to completely remove them and replace them rather than trying to hammer them back into place.
Restore the wood
Over time, decking can become dull and grey, so using a specific decking restorer can bring it back to life and reveal the original colour of the wood. Always wear protective clothing when using restorer products and apply to your decking in small sections with an old rag and scrub with a soft brush. After the restorer is dry, a quick rinse off will have it ready to be resealed.
Apply a finish
When choosing a finish, its important to ensure you choose one that is suitable to the type of wood used to build your decking. A finish containing a UV blocker will help reduce bleaching from the sun, avoiding your decking turning grey as rapidly.
There are several different types of finishes to choose from. Decking oils are a great option which are quick and easy to apply whilst providing sufficient protection. Decking oil provides a great finish which will not peel or crack like some paint finishes will, ensuring easier maintenance.
Decking stain is another option which allows the grain of the wood to be seen through the finish. Stains provide a tough, durable varnish like result.
Decking paint is a great option if you want to add colour to your decking. Paint is a great option as a quick fix for older decking to inject some colour into it. Using decking paint will provide a solid opaque finish to your decking.