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How to maintain top quality timber decking

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Timber decking is a great addition to any property, it can add character and style to even the most boring of gardens. Although this popular staple to British gardens has many style benefits, it does come with maintenance requirements.

Timber decking

The unpredictable and extreme weathers that we experience in the UK can cause a multitude of problems for your timber decking.

As with any wood, it is important to take care of it in a way that doesn’t damage the timber decking. The timber used will be treated, so you must continue to maintain its protection throughout its lifetime.

Dirty timber decking

The temperamental weather in the UK means that your timber decking gets dirty and worn, very quickly. Having dirty decking can lead to a multitude of problems including rot, warping and discolouration, which is why it’s important to keep it clean. Frequently cleaning your timber decking is essential to keep it in top condition, even if it is just a sweep from time to time. A thorough clean twice a year can also be instrumental in maintaining its condition.

Keeping your timber decking clean is one of the most sure-fire ways to prevent any potentially damaging problems. If your timber decking is looking a bit sorry, you can liven it up by giving it a sweep with a stiff brush, between all the ridges and removing all loose debris.

To do a more thorough clean you can either use part bleach and water to clean the timber decking, or use a dedicated timber decking cleaner. Whichever solution you choose to use, scrub it in thoroughly with a stiff brush and leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse your timber decking fully with clean water. If you wish to use a protective coating, it is important to leave the timber decking for a few days to dry.

Cleaning debris, mould and mildew off of your timber decking also helps to prevent it from becoming slippery which can be a hazard, especially for children running around on it.

Warped timber decking

Seasoned timber should not warp as a direct effect of heat, however if the correct maintenance and cleaning is not carried out on your timber decking it will inevitably become subject to warping and bowing.

If individual boards begin to bow and lift from fasteners, you can lift them to remove and replace the fasteners.timber decking However, if a board has warped they can be irrevocably damaged and need to be individually replaced. In this case you can measure the length of an unwarped panel and buy individual replacements from your nearest Beaumont Forest branch.

Timber decking rot

One of the most tell tail signs of your timber decking heading towards rot is when it begins to blacken. Timber decking becomes vulnerable to blackening in colour when bad weather exposed it to fungi. When fungus, mould or algae becomes embedded into your decking, rot is more likely to occur and irrevocably damage the timber.

When it comes to your timber decking rotting, it is without a doubt a case of prevention being better than a cure. Keeping your timber clean, and treating it are both ways to prevent blackening and rot. However, if blackening is already an issue, then using a fungicidal wash can prove effective in killing any unwanted fungi and mould and preventing rot from forming.

Faded timber decking

Although sunny days seem to be few and far between, your timber decking can still be affected by the sun. Discolouration and greying are both common factors of timber decking that has been damaged by the sun, and can make your outdoor space look dull and dated. You can revive your decking by using a product containing oxalic acid, returning it to its former glory.

Rat problems

One of the slightly rarer issues that can arise from your timber decking is the problem of rat infestation. The space beneath your timber decking makes for a perfectly warm and snug rodent home. In order to prevent it from becoming a rodent breeding ground you must make it an inhospitable environment for them. By blocking all access, making sure that there is no food lying around and laying easy to access traps you be sure that you’ve done your best to prevent them from making a home in your timber decking.

All of the timber decking that we sell here at Beaumont Forest is responsibly sourced and crafted from the best quality treated timber but they still require a low level of upkeep. We hope that this blog helps you to answer any queries you may have about your timber decking.