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 fade and get slippery from 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 spot any problems early. The lifetime of a timber deck will vary. This can depend 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). A well-maintained timber deck can last for over 10-15 years.

Autumn leaves

Leaves can rot decking if not cleaned up quickly

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. These will match up with the most commonly used decking

Saige Rustic Composite Decking in Walnut

Composite decking is a great alternative to timber

If your decking is beyond repair and you think you may need to start again, consider composite decking. This 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 seal or oil it regularly. This prevents the wood from drying and cracking.

If you have any questions at all about installing, cleaning or protecting your decking, just contact us.

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