Maintaining your Decking

In our last blog, we discussed how you can use timber decking to create a lovely summer patio area. In this blog we’re going to talk about what you can and will need to do after the installation of your decking area to keep it looking beautiful!

During the warmer months, decking can create a wonderful area in your garden to relax and enjoy your garden with family and friends. After investing time and money, it’s important that from now on you spend time cleaning and maintaining your decking, to keep it looking lovely year on year. Here are our suggestions and tips...

Clean it!

Like anything that is outdoors, decking is prone to a build-up of dirt from the elements it faces. After brushing away loose debris, apply a decking cleaner that will get rid of any mould and algae build up. Doing this regularly during the summer months will keep it looking fresh, protect the wood from damage and make it a safer, slip-free surface.

Restore it!

If your decking starts to become discoloured don’t panic and presume it’s ruined! Working on small areas at a time, remove debris from the decking before applying a decking restorer with a brush. After working the solution in, leave to stand and you will see the wood has been given a new lease of life. A little elbow grease can go a long way!

Repair it!

If your decking is older you may notice that it starts to become soft, which might be a sign that it is starting to decay. Don’t worry however, as removing these parts and replacing them is simple and easy and will save you a lot of money in the long-run.

Protect it!

Everyday wear and tear, as well as weather issues, your decking will benefit from the occasional application of a protective coating. Refuel the wood with oil – this will revitalises the natural oil that was previously present in the decking, as well as protecting it from damp.

As one of the fastest growing timber merchants in the East Midlands, covering everywhere from Nottingham to Leeds, we can advise you on finding the right timber decking for your garden and are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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