Preparing your decking post winter by Timco Wood

Winter is finally over which means you can finally get out and enjoy your decking like it was meant to be enjoyed.

That isn’t always quite the case however as winter can take its toll on decking quite heavily. However by following these tips you can soon get your deck ready for use again.

Check for rot

Close up of newly built decking - © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

Close up of newly built decking – © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

Wooden decks are especially volatile if they are not treated correctly. Following a wet, cold and snowy winter then it is essential that you check the wood of the decking itself, and the frame underneath to make sure that no areas have rotted or become unstable throughout the winter. If they have then take note of where they are and as soon as dry weather comes have the section replaced.

Scrub the deck

Area of decking down the side of a terraced town house in the process of being cleaned using a pressure washer - © Mel Watson/GAP Photos

Area of decking down the side of a terraced town house in the process of being cleaned using a pressure washer – © Mel Watson/GAP Photos

It worked for pirates and sailors, it will work for your decking. By removing stray leaves, fungs, moss, mildew and any other unsavoury winter build-up on your deck can save you a lot of time and effort, and money in the long run. It isn’t enough to simply jet wash your deck after winter, and requires a full and thorough cleaning – yes this means between the cracks – before it can be spring and summer ready.

Time to coat

Small decked area with simple table and chairs in 'Spiral' garden - © Mark Bolton/GAP Photos

Small decked area with simple table and chairs in ‘Spiral’ garden – © Mark Bolton/GAP Photos

It is recommended that you add a protective coat or finish to decking before the winter comes in. However if you didn’t get the chance to do this now is definitely the time. Once the decking is scrubbed clean and dried you can coat the decking that not only protects the wood from things like rot but also enhances the colour back to its former glory. It is a lot of work but definitely worth it when you see the life put back in your decking.

And that’s all thankfully. Once your decking is coated and back to working order you can return the furniture to it (if you left out garden furniture over the winter take note of where the feet were sitting as this is the most likely place for deck damage).

That should see your decking ready for a new season of use. Do keep in mind though that if you are tired of the constant treatments and scrubbings and coatings or if you need to replace your old deck it may well be worth considering composite decking as a viable, long-lasting and low maintenance alternative to your existing deck option.

Timco Wood

Timco Wood

Timco Wood

Timco Wood is a UK based company which produces environmentally friendly composite wood products that are FSC® certified and fully recyclable. The range includes decking, fencing and cladding to provide durable and sustainable additions to any garden area.

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