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How to restore and maintain decking

A deck is something that can add real value and function to your yard. It provides homeowners with the perfect place to sit & relax, entertain & BBQ all while enjoying being outdoors. With that said, any wooden deck is prone to wear and tear from use over the years as well as weathering due to being exposed to the elements. If your deck is looking a little worse for wear and you’d like to restore it before taking the proper steps to maintain it for the future, the following tips will prove to be invaluable.

How to restore and maintain decking

A deck is something that can add real value and function to your yard. It provides homeowners with the perfect place to sit & relax, entertain & BBQ all while enjoying being outdoors. With that said, any wooden deck is prone to wear and tear from use over the years as well as weathering due to being exposed to the elements.

If your deck is looking a little worse for wear and you’d like to restore it before taking the proper steps to maintain it for the future, the following tips will prove to be invaluable.

Do a Visual Inspection Before You Start

You’ll first want to start with a visual inspection before you come up with your plan of action. Carefully look for signs of wood rot, serious damage, loose boards, or even wood that feels spongy or weak.

If you have any damage, it’s not a matter of simply cleaning the deck, you’ll need to make some repairs. This could include replacing single boards or full sections of the deck. Be sure to consult your local timber yard about the most compatible timber product for your environment.

Give the Deck a Good Cleaning

Now you’re ready to give the deck a good cleaning.  Generally, there are two methods which are accepted for cleaning an outdoor timber deck.

A high pressure water cleaner such as an Electric Water Pressure Cleaner will do the trick. Just be sure you don’t pick one that is too powerful, you don’t want to accidentally damage the decking. It’s always a good idea to test a small patch before going ahead with the job. A really easy way to alter the pressure of a water pressure cleaner is to simply move the end of the water nozzle closer or further away from the surface being cleaned.

A floor sander, either a drum sander or orbital floor sander, will be best if you want to remove and old product or get the decking back to bare timber.

Finishing Your Deck with a Protective Product

The final step in the process is to finish your deck with something that will protect it against harmful UV rays, stains from trees, animals or food and water.  This is usually achieved with products such as sealants or lacquers, stains and oils or even paints.  Hopefully your local paint supplier can help to recommend the best product for your desired appearance and appetite for maintenance.  Again, it’s important to have the right equipment and PPE on hand to apply the product properly, safely, and in a timely manner.

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