**IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN**
TIME TO MAINTAIN THAT DECK
The timber deck is an integral part of our great love for outdoor living & entertaining.
The constant harsh Australian weather and wear & tear can leave your deck looking tiresome.
Using a spray bottle, spray some water in a few different spots on your deck. If the water soaks in it needs to be prepared and recoated, if the water beads on the surface it doesnt require immediate attention.
Our staff at Newcastle Home Timber and Hardware have compiled a few tips to help keep your deck looking fresh all year round:
*High quality deck brush
*Hose with trigger gun/High pressure cleaner
*Long Handled Deck Scrub
*Lambs Wool Applicator
*Deck Cleaner*Decking Stain/Oil
Before you start to prepare your deck for coating, Be sure to check for any inconsistancy in your decking eg; loose, cracked or rotted boards.
Wet down the deck and apply the deck cleaning agent with the deck scrub allowing it to stand for 10-20 minutes then hose off with the hose/high pressure cleaner.
Choosing A Decking Oil/Stain:
Oil-Based Finish: An oil based finish penetrates into the wood very well, but may take longer to dry and recoat. It may require more frequently coating.
Water Based Finish: A water based finish drys faster has gentle odour and is water washable. A water based finish is also breathable, some are formulated to last longer than most oil based finishes.
Applying the Oil/Stain:
Drying times may vary depending on the product you are using and the weather, bearing in mind that if it is cool and rainy and the deck is not covered it should not be coated, if the deck is under cover then it could be coated however leaving more time for the coats to dry.
Most water based products allow for you to apply two coats in one day.