Now that winter is over us and spring has sprung, those of us with timber decking in our garden will gradually begin to make use of it once again, if the warm, sunny weather for which we’re hoping materializes.
There aren’t many more pleasurable experiences than sitting out the back on our decking and supping a cold drink or reading a book while the sun beams down on you. However, this experience becomes harder to enjoy if you don’t look after your timber decking properly, as failure to do so will lead to rot and decay.
In a few weeks’ time, you will be well advised to wash away any grime or mould that has accumulated over the winter and clean the decking with a standard wood cleaner before sealing and sanding. By the time those tasks are completed, it will most likely be midsummer, which is the perfect time for the primary repair work such as replacing loose or damaged decking boards. Finally, once we reach fall, you should trim any bushes or greenery overhanging or touching the timber deck and clear gutters or downspouts of any leaves that may accumulate. It’s also your last chance to complete any washing or sealing work that you didn’t get to do in spring.
Maintenance work on your timber decking is not glamorous or appealing, but if that’s what you want your decking to be, those maintenance jobs are necessary.
If you invest the time and effort into the tasks outlined in the infographic below, you will be rewarded with a garden space that’s immaculate. If you neglect to take care of the decking, it will begin to look horrendous and the quality of the timber will diminish drastically. It doesn’t have to be a mammoth effort; a steady stream of maintenance will keep the decking in prime condition.
Author Bio: Alan Crowe is the owner of Crowe Sawmills, a timber product manufacturer in Leitrim, Ireland. Alan has many years of experience in producing timber structures such as decking, playground items, gates, and fences, while also writing informative content about woodworking.