Just as for any outdoor surface, it’s important to plan some level of upkeep for your deck. You’ll find that our decks are carefully designed and constructed to keep deck maintenance to a minimum. We don’t want to give you a weekend chore!
Every so often, it’s a good idea to brush your deck using a quality, stiff brush. Make sure you brush under furniture and plant pots too. Controlling the build-up of debris such as leaves, moss and dirt will prevent many problems from occurring.
On an annual basis, your deck maintenance should include a more thorough clean. This might be with a specialist deck cleaning product and a scrubbing brush, or you might opt for a pressure washer.
Keeping your deck clean and debris-free will minimise the risk of it becoming slippery, whilst maximising the life of your timber.
As timber is a natural product, it is inevitable that the deck will fade over time. We apply a wax finish on all softwood decks that we build. You can re-apply this wax coating every other year if you wish to slow the speed of fading. Hardwoods will need to be oiled every six to twelve months if you wish to control the natural fading of the timber.
Intermittent wetting and drying of the timber (due to the changing seasons and weather patterns) will result in cracks appearing from time to time. This is entirely normal and part of the natural character of wood. The structural integrity of the timber remains intact.
If you’d like further advice on deck maintenance, please get in touch with us.