The moment you get in your brand new wooden floor, decking treatments should be the very first thing on your mind. While there are various strong and durable woods used for decking, they still need to be treated in order to get the maximum lifespan. Decking needs to be protected from the weather and various stains and scratching that will occur from the inevitable foot traffic. It has to be sealed from the start and this can be achieved by using equipment and tools such as sandpaper, a water hose, safety goggles, deck cleaner and a dust mask. Below, we outline a quick and easy way to perform decking treatment and weatherproofing.
Cleaning & Sanding
This can be the most difficult part of the decking treatment process since you need 1-2 days without rain (not guaranteed in the UK!) This is necessary in order to let the decking dry out so you can easily sweep it to get rid of debris and sawdust. It is recommended that you place covering on your shoes while sweeping. Remove all the rough edges with sandpaper or a deck sander. Keep going until the deck is smooth and always have a mask and goggles on to prevent inhalation of the dust.
Oil & Staining
An oil based decking treatment will allow the beauty of the wood to shine through while protecting it. It is important to note that decking oil can dramatically change the colour of the wood so choose your oil carefully and make sure it matches the wood. Always test the oil out with a small application first before proceeding. Look for oil with UV filters for extra protection from the sun.
Staining is a common technique used to alter the colour of the decking and is designed to add colour and treat the wood all at once. It will probably take 2-3 coats to get the full effect. Once this task has been completed, keep the deck free of any traffic for 48 hours to allow it to fully dry.
Painting & Preserving
Decking paint is not used that often in the UK and its use tends to be confined to America. Although painting can enhance the look of your decking, it could cause serious problems if the job is not completed properly. A botched job will cause the wood to peel and look worn much faster than normal. For this reason, it is probably best to stick to oil.
The final step is to preserve the wood which is designed to make it weatherproof.
Preservatives fall into the oil and sealant category and should again be applied with a paint sprayer for maximum speed and impact.
Failure to correctly follow decking treatment procedure means you are leaving your rather expensive decking at risk of being damaged by the elements in particular and perhaps insects or vermin. Over the course of time, you will need to treat your deck regularly but the reward is a strong, stunning looking struc