Decking is an excellent way to improve your garden since it allows your house to extend to the outdoors for some much-needed sun. However, it can experience severe wear and tear mostly during the autumn and winter nights. Over time, your decking will start becoming more slippery and begin to rot. This is why it’s necessary to know how to maintain your decking for harsh seasons.
Maintaining your decking regularly
Cleaning your decking’s timber is the first part of maintaining it, which should happen at least twice a year. Because of its material, moss and algae can grow in and around it. Although these organisms are simple issues to ignore, mould growth can also be an issue since mould also prefers moist and damp environments.
Besides microorganisms, garden animals and insects can also chip away at your decking’s timber. Even though they won’t break it in major parts, small damages from rotting wood can cause your planks to break or come loose. Rotting can come from your metal screws, which can retain water and invite moisture to remain.
First, use a stiff brush to scrub off any loose materials from your decking. This includes grime, grease and other chipped substances. Afterwards, apply a cleaning agent and scrub every surface of your timber. Using a garden house, dry all of the scrubbed contaminants and cleaning product off your decking thoroughly. Finally, let your decking dry for 2 days before you use it. Perform this cleaning routine at least twice a year or when necessary.
Applying protection to your decking
Preparing for winter isn’t something you’d call easy with all the things you have to secure indoors. Besides your decking’s regular maintenance cleaning, you should also apply decking protection to your timber. It’s best to do this during autumn so that your decking can withstand the harsh temperatures of the winter months.
You can choose between applying a decking protector, decking oil or decking stain. Although all of them generally provide the same level of protection, each one gives a subtle change to your timber’s gloss and colour. After performing your maintenance cleaning, strip the decking of previous varnish or stains with a wood stain remover. Next, sand the surface with fine sandpaper to wipe off any remaining residue.
Drop the stain on a roller tray, then use a roller to apply the stain evenly on your decking. Make sure that you’re not overloading your roller since it can cause uneven patches of dark and lighter marks on your deck. After letting it dry for a day or longer, you can use your decking again normally.
Restoring your decking after damages
It’s common for homeowners who neglect their decking to notice some damages over time. Thankfully, you won’t have to throw away your decking from small damages. However, you will need to take extra steps to protect it in its already vulnerable state.
It’s best to use a restorer before you apply any decking stains if your decking has significant damages from root rot. Similar to regular maintenance, use a stiff brush to apply it to affected areas. It may take you longer to finish this step, depending on the severity of your timber’s condition and the number of damaged planks.
Investing in your home’s exteriors should be a long-term commitment. The aesthetics and functionality of your exteriors are at their best when brand-new, so taking the time to improve your exteriors can boost its defence against harsh weather conditions. This is why maintaining your decking will be an excellent investment for years to come.
Sometimes, the damages your decking receives will be too severe and will require replacement parts. If you need to order made-to-measure timber sent straight to your home in London, contact us today to get the replacement planks you’ll need.