How To Care For Your Wood Decking | Decking Somerset
It’s important that you know how best to look after the decking installed in your Somerset home so that it stands the test of time and you don’t end up wasting money on unnecessary repairs, cash that could have been spent elsewhere if only you’d been a bit more vigilant with the upkeep and maintenance.
Because we have such tempestuous weather here in the UK, any timber you have outside can soon start to show a bit of wear and tear but you can do an awful lot to protect it from the elements.
Once the decking has been newly laid, leave it to weather for around six months or so before you get the stain or oil out. This will mean that any existing treatment that’s been applied to the wood will have eroded, so the new layer of oil or stain will be able to penetrate the wood properly.
If you opt for stain or oil instead of something like a decking protector, you will need to reapply regularly in order for the decking to stay looking good as new. You should aim to care for the timber twice a year – once in spring so you’re ready for the summer and once again in autumn to get it ready for the winter months.
Keep an eye on the weather as you don’t want to apply any products or treatments to the wood when it’s damp outside or when rain is forecast before the product has fully dried. It’s also advisable not to treat the wood in hot weather as serious sunshine can see treatments dry too fast, which means they won’t be completely absorbed by the wood.
Before you get the oil and stain out, however, see what your decking looks like once you’ve given it a good clean. This can really make a huge difference and you may decide that this is all that’s required for the time being. Cleaning the wood will get rid of any moss, algae and mould, and will also mean it’s easier to apply treatments if that’s what you decide to do.
If you’d like to find out more about decking installation, get in touch with us here at Andrew Tabor Landscaping today.