Wooden decking is a welcome addition to any home. Whereas we once all had concrete patios to provide us with an outdoor space, the 21st century saw wood move into fashion as a softer, more natural alternative to concrete.
Wooden decking provides us with the outdoor space we all crave on a nice day, essentially creating an outdoor room for us to use to entertain family and friends or relax on with a good book while you catch a sun tan.
However, some people fail to adequately protect their wooden decking. Leaving it exposed to the elements which can cause wear and tear over time.
Here are some tips for how to protect your deck:
Regularly Check Your Deck
Every few weeks give your decking a quick glance. Look for any areas that look like they may be gathering dampness or water. The water can cause more damage than you realise as it leads to rot and mould. Also ensure there is no soil in any cracks and crevices. Soil also retains moisture and wears away at any decking treatment you may have applied to protect the wood.
Ensure that your decking is well maintained. Don’t let leaves gather on your decking, don’t let your pet dog scratch away all of your decking paint. If you notice a loose nail then hammer it back into place as soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is to treat your decking in the same way that you would treat wooden flooring in your home.
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