One of the most popular trends to extending the functionality of your garden, is by adding wooden decking. It not only increases the value of your property, but extends your living and play space. Both adults and children can benefit from a custom fitted wooden deck. Today’s article covers deck maintenance, “how to treat decking timber”, new and old.
How To Treat A New Wooden Deck
Have you just had some new decking installed? before winter sets in ensure you protect the wood from our harsh UK weather. The good news is that most decking timber is pressure treated to protect the wood, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat the timber within the first few weeks of installation.
The advantage of treating a new deck before it gets a lot of use is 1) Its generally clean, free from dirt and grease 2) You don’t need to pressure wash the timber before treating.
The image below is a perfect example of a new decking installation, the wood is dry and ready to receive its first coat of Decking Oil. If your timber is dark green in colour and feels damp to the touch or beads of water lie on the timber, similar to the surface of a freshly waxed car, meaning that there is a waxy residue on the surface.
Wait before applying your decking oil, the timber must be dry, this will ensure the wood soaks up the decking paint.
Painters Tool List
Below are the tools and decking treatment required to treat your new wood deck.
Use your 3 inch brush to paint any areas that are not accessible with the mini roller (edges, corners, rails). The Wooster Brush Holder enables the brush to be attached to the extension pole, allowing the user to stay in an upright position while painting.
When all the (edges, corners, rails) are treated, detach the wooster brush holder and attach your Purdy Jumbo Roller Frame with your 1/2 Inch Roller Cover. Work from the furthest corner ensuring to roll a full decking board before moving onto the next one.
Avoid overlapping previously coated sections of decking boards, this will cause an uneven, patchy look with fluctuations in colour.
Don’t make the mistake of working yourself into a corner and then having to walk over the treated timber as this will leave footprints.
6 Inch Purdy Half Inch Roller Sleeve
Purdy Jumbo Mini Roller Frame
Purdy Extension Pole 2 – 4ft
5 Litre Paint Scuttle
3 Inch Paint Brush
Wooster Brush Holder
Liberon 5 x Litres Decking Oil (clear)
Best Deck Sealer For Pressure Treated Wood
Decking timber treatments come in both water and oil based stains, oil being the preferred choice by users. Decking oil enhances the look of the timber and ages naturally with the wood. Oil wood preserve penetrates deeper into the grain of the wood extending the life of your timber deck.
What is the best decking oil, stain for pressure treated timber? Personally from experience I would recommend Liberon Decking Oil, available in (clear, oak, teak).
Note: Remember your timber deck will naturally age (darken) so choosing a clear stain might be a good choice. You can always darken at a later stage, but you can’t lighten the timber once stained with a colour.
Wood Deck Rejuvenation
What about older decking? Depending on the age of your wooden decking and how often it has been treated. There is a high probability, due to our wet climate, that mold (algae) can grow (especially in shaded areas). The build up of algae, moss, dirt and grease can overtime, lead to the timber becoming slippery underfoot.
You can purchase products that are designed to KILL mould (algae), Wet & Forget – Moss Mould Lichen & Algae Remover. While they may kill algae, you still have to remove the dead mold, dirt and grime that has built up on the surface.
Most timber decks that have been installed several years ago will require pressure washed before treating. This will ensure that all (dirt, grime, mold) has been removed before restaining. Once the timber has been thoroughly cleaned it must be sealed shortly after to protect the wood. Remember to leave enough time to power wash and seal the deck within a few days.
TIP: Be careful when pressure washing not to damage the decking boards by holding the lance to close to the timber.
Maintaining Wood Decking
The decking in the image below was treated with Liberon Decking Oil (clear), as you can see the timber has darkened considerably after only one coat of decking oil. The size of the deck was 4m x 4m (13ft x 13ft) and took 10 litres of decking oil to apply two coats.
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