Decking is one of the most popular elements of outdoor living, and it can be a real beauty to look at. But it’s not just about looking good. Decking also plays an important role in your home’s overall structure and appearance.
Whether you’re planning to replace an old deck or create a brand new one, you need to make sure that it’s done correctly. Here are some tips for fixing timber decking in Mornington Peninsula:
Inspect the area where you’ll be placing your decking material
This can include any places where there are cracks or other damage that may affect how it looks once finished. Make sure to check underneath as well as around any existing structures such as fences, walls or posts.
Repair any damages first
If there is any damage that needs to be repaired before installing the new boards, then fix it now. There are products available that will help with this process for fixing damaged surfaces on decks or patio areas without having to remove them completely from their base or foundation; simply apply a coating over top of the existing surface using a paint brush or roller tool and leave overnight before removing again with another coat after drying out completely.
Choose the right type of timber for your decking
There are many different types of timber available on the market and they all have different levels of hardness and density. The thickness and hardness will affect how long they take to age and whether they need staining or not. It’s important to choose a type of timber that won’t warp or split easily when exposed to water or harsh sunlight conditions, as this could lead to rotting problems down the track.
Keep the deck clean
A dirty timber deck is a sign that something else is wrong with the structure, so make sure to clean it regularly. Use a hose to spray off any dirt and debris from the surface of the decking, then use a garden rake or broom to get rid of any bits of leaves or other debris that may have fallen from overhead branches.
Use deck stain
You should apply stain only if you’re going to be using the deck for several years. If you want your deck to last longer than a few months, avoid using a stain that contains urea formaldehyde resin. These substances can react with moisture in the air and release formaldehyde gas into the air, which can cause headaches and other health effects if they’re inhaled over time. Instead, choose stains that contain oil-based resins such as polyurethane or acrylic polymer emulsion (A/P). These are water-resistant and won’t yellow over time like urea formaldehyde resins do.