A deck is a quintessential part of the Australian lifestyle. We love spending hours outdoors, whether it is taking a dip in the pool or having a BBQ with friends.
When many people are preparing their backyards for the warmer months, they tend to concentrate on the garden and lawn, neglecting the deck.
If you want to keep your deck looking great, it is important to implement a maintenance schedule. In this article, we will learn your how to rejuvenate and refresh your deck once a year, step-by-step guide.
Why It's Important to Maintenance The Deck Every Year ?
It’s a common misconception that decks will last forever. Even if timber is pressure-treated to protect it against insects and decay, it will still deteriorate from the elements, dirt and general wear and tear. Regular maintenance is required to keep it looking like new for many years to come.
Decking is an investment that can be protected by extending the product’s life. As well as reducing the need to replace the decking altogether, deck maintenance has the added benefit of returning 80% of it's original cost by adding value to your home. In order to get that level of return, it is crucial to look after your investment!
What Do You Need For a Professional Deck Annual Maintenance?
Manufacturers will recommend specific cleaning solution to use for their timber or composite decking products. It is important to follow this advice as other products may cause damage to the deck’s surface. If you are unsure which cleaning product to use, contact Viccon Painting-Deck Rejuvenation Team.
If you do not have any of the following items, head down to your nearest Bunnings store. The staff there will be able to recommend the best products for your needs.
List of Tools and Materials Required
-High Pressure Washer
-Decking Cleaner ( Recommend Intergrain PowerWash)
-Belt or Drum Sander and Sand Paper 120 Grid - (if required complet sanding to bare timber)
-Soft Bristled Brush
-Decking Oil (Recommend Intergrain or Cutek)
-Decking Wide Brush and Cutting Brush
-4L Pot and Cabots Decking Tray
And two days of good weather of course!!!
7 Crucial Maintenance Steps
1.Clear the area
Clear the deck of all items, including furniture, cooking equipment, plants and any decorative pieces. It is important to remove all items from the deck, as this will allow you to access the deck in its entirety. Take care while movie heavier items and avoid dragging furniture to avoid scratching the deck. If you do not have space to temporarily store deck items, position them neatly in a corner. If any items are too heavy to move, cover them with plastic sheeting or a tarp to prevent any damage from cleaning products.
Before beginning the cleaning process, it is important to remove any dirt and debris like from the deck. Not only can the debris create problems if it decomposes and becomes acidic, it can also create small, unsightly scratches. Use a broom to sweep the deck, taking care not to scratch the deck surface.
3. Sanding ( optional if your deck have excessive discolored areas and peeling spots
First check and punch back all raised nails, then use a belt or drum sander and 120 grid sand paper this will help you to remove all existing oil and colour and bring to bare timber and make your deck look as new again
This task will take some time maybe days but the final result will be significant)
Using a recommended cleaning product and a soft bristled brush, scrub the deck. It is a labour-intensive task, but doing it by hand will give you the best results.
Next step to this is a pressure washer. Pressure washers are an extremely effective tool, but you need to be careful when using it as can be potentially ruin the wood. They are not recommended for some composite decking. When using a pressure washer, hold it at least 30 centimetres away from the wood and do not hover over the same spot for too long. Ensure that the pressure setting is not too high. The most efficient method of cleaning with a pressure washer is to do it row by row, as if mowing a lawn.
Even when using the correct cleaning solution on your deck, neglecting to wash away soap and suds can cause problems over time. Potential consequences include discolouration and surface damage, causing decking to look old and worn. Thoroughly rinse away any soapy residue with a garden hose.
Leave the deck to dry for at least 8 Hours if the sun heat the deck most of the day or 12 Hours if not.
7. Seal and Oil
After you have cleaned your deck and given it time to dry, Next day you should apply the oil. (We recommend to use Intergrain Ultra Deck - Water Base which dry for next coat In 2 hours) We recommend for new deck minimum 3 coats and existing deck minimum 2 coats, but depend of condition of your deck. If you are not sure contact Viccon Painting-Deck Rejuvenation Team for Free Help
Also Keep In Mind...
Inspect the deck – While performing maintenance on your deck, it is a good time to inspect the deck. Pay close attention to any areas that are close to the ground or near sources of water, as they are going to be most likely spots for damage to occur. Look for signs of rot, loose nails or screws, as well as any cracks.
Maintain the deck’s perimeter- Prune trees and bushes near your deck. It will help maintain the condition of your deck and decrease the occurrence of mould, rot and mildew.
Move things around the deck –Leaving objects on wood for too long without moving them can cause wood discolouration. This can be avoided by moving objects around periodically.
Timber Deck requires consistent maintenance . Consider completing the above steps every 12 months.
Decking is an Australian necessity. We spend a lot of time outdoors, so it is important to know how to properly maintain outdoor spaces. We hope this article has made you aware of the importance of timber deck maintenance and has given you the necessary information to keep your deck in top condition.
If you need a professional help and think that this is to complicated or don't have enough time to do your timber deck maintenance and rejuvenation don't hesitate to contact your local, Viccon Painting- Deck Rejuvenation Team for Free Consultation and Help
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All The Best.
Viccon Painting Team