Decking areas are fantastic spaces for relaxing and entertaining. But the South African weather can take its toll, leaving your timber decking in need of a little TLC. Luckily, there is plenty you can do to help keep your deck look its best and keep it protected from the elements.
Consider the following five handy tips to to keeping your decking in top shape – from cleaning to finishing it – and enjoy the benefit your decking for many years to come.
Tip #1 Assess The State of Your Timber Decking
Before you start with its upkeep and maintenance, start by assessing your timber decking to determine what work is needed. This also helps you decide on the best products to use when you tackle the job.
If your decking is newly laid, it’s recommended to leave it to weather naturally for up to six months before staining or oiling it. This also helps to ensure any existing treatment has eroded, allowing the new stain or paint to thoroughly penetrate and adhere to the deck.
Tip #2 Choose What Stain, Oil or Paint To Use
Choosing a finish for your decking can be as much about style as it is about protecting the actual timber. Paints provide you with fantastic colour options, from natural looking to bright and subtle shades, to bold hues and everything in between. Specialist decking paints also fill in small cracks, and lock down splinters too.
Tip #3 Deck Stains
Protect the timber by weatherproofing it with deck stains. These come available in a variety of rick colours, and deliver a semi-opaque finish.
Tip #4 When To Care for Your Decking
Make sure you get the best out of your decking by taking the time to care for it at least twice a year. Do so in the spring time to thoroughly prepare for the summer months, and autumn to prepare for the winter ahead.
Tip #5 Use Decking Oils to Waterproof Your Deck
Decking oils are great at penetrating the timber, and thereby waterproofing it. It also replaces natural oils and resins that are lost over time. We are Durban’s leading manufacturer of high quality sundecks and patios, and have been at the top of our game for more than 30 years. Contact us to discuss your decking needs in greater detail.