Madelyne Bates shares Weekend DIY Idea "Restoring a Tried Deck"
Welcome to idea’s for around the home, are you looking for something to do this weekend?
Whilst making the most of this fabulous weather before winter starts, here’s a idea for the weekend that can make a great change to your home.
Decking areas around the house are a beautiful addition to any home and can also add value to your property if you are thinking of selling or renting. So if you want to restore and put some life back into your entertaining area, then continue reading on some tips ive shared below.
Why your should stain & oil your deck on a regular basis
Decking areas maybe exposed to harsh climate conditions, so it’s a great idea to keep them maintained so you have many years of enjoyment.
By taking the time to stain or oil your decking area regularly will save you a lot of extra work and maintenance in the future.
The reason we stain & oil our decking areas are to protect the timber from UV damage, rain, dust and our hot summers. All these things can affect the structure of your timber deck, which will break down over time with little maintenance.
1 -So first check the timers if you have timber that is splintering then some planks may require replacing or lightly sanded.
2 -Ensure your decking is clean from any dust, leave, pet hair or even bird droppings.
3 –You will need to clean your decking area to get the best result.
You can purchase a product from Bunnings called Deck Clean or you can use warm soapy water with a broom or scrubbing brush will do the trick. You can then use a high pressure cleaner or y7our garden hose
To rinse off. This will help remove dirt dust & sometimes our feathered friends like to leave there droppings.
Once the area is completely dried then your ready to stain and oil your decking area.
There are many products to choose from so please research what product that best meets your requirements. If you are unsure which product best suits your needs then always ask for advise before you make your purchase. Once you have selected your stain or oil take your time to apply your product. I would normally use a paint brush for edges or had to reach spots and a applicator.
If the area is in full sun then maybe stain or oil first thing in the morning before the timbers get to warm.
Enjoy DIY time, once you have completed your deck then normally you would wait 24 hours before applying a second coat. Follow the instructions on the side of the tin.
Once it’s all done and completed sit back and admire your handy work.
Good luck with your weekend project and enjoy your deck for many more years.