Timber decking is a beautiful asset to a garden. It can be a great way of levelling out an uneven garden, creating a roof terrace or extending an inside space at the same level. Decking can provide the perfect platform for eating, entertaining or relaxing. However, like many landscape products in British weather, it can get start to look faded and get very slippery due to the build-up of damp and organic growth. In this blog we look at how you can revive and maintain the timber decking in your garden.
Check your deck
Firstly, it’s a good idea to check the condition of your decking regularly so you can identify any problems and decide what to do about them. The lifetime of a timber deck will vary hugely depending on how well it has been installed and looked after, how heavily it’s used and its position (eg. if near water or in a damp, shady area). Typically, a well-maintained timber deck can last for over 10-15 years.
Is it safe? If left too long, leaves and other debris can hold moisture and start to rot timber boards. Look carefully for signs of structural deterioration in your boards and joists. If you need to replace any, we have a range of pressure treated timber deck boards and joists which will match up with the most commonly used decking
If your decking is beyond repair and you think you may need to start again, consider composite decking, which is a great long-lasting alternative to timber. Made of wood pulp and plastic from reclaimed or recycled sources, it is 95% recycled, anti-slip, and has a 10 year warranty (with an expected lifespan of 25 years).
How to clean garden decking
The best thing you can do to prolong the life of your decking is give it a regular sweep and clean. Decking can become stained if it is not cleaned regularly of leaves and other debris, especially if there are overhanging trees. To shift the grime, sweep and clean with a soft brush and warm soapy water. Hose down thoroughly afterwards. If using a jet wash, be careful not to damage the surface and always test a small area first.
If you’re having trouble shifting stubborn dirt and grime, try a specialist decking cleaner such as Easy Patio and Deck cleaner. This is designed to return your decking to its original colour and continues to keep your decking clean even after you have applied it. Always follow the specific instructions for any cleaner you choose.
Protect your timber decking
Timber decking will always last longer if you oil it at least once a year to prevent the wood from drying and cracking. You’ll also find that oil gives timber decking a beautiful natural finish. Oils nourish and penetrate the wood rather than leaving a thin film on the surface, which can peel off with age.
Make sure you have cleaned and let your decking dry for at least 48 hours before applying oil. It is important to put on just a thin coat of oil, using a thick-piled roller or brush, to prevent deposits building up on the surface, which will take a long time to dry.
With these simple steps, you can enjoy beautiful decking this summer and for many years!
If you have any questions at all about installing, cleaning or protecting your decking, just contact us.