If concrete or pavers are not your style, then a quality hardwood decking could be just what you are looking for. A rich, natural hardwood decking will add a touch of beauty and class to any swimming pool, balcony or outdoor entertainment area. But some people may be hesitant about choosing decking in Adelaide due to maintenance concerns – but just how much maintenance is required to keep your deck looking like new? Before we talk about maintenance, we need to remember that hardwood decking is a naturally grown product, so with this in mind its important to be aware that, as with anything natural – there will be slight inconsistencies. There may be slight variations in the colour, grain or finish of the product, however, a good carpenter will always do their best to hide or minimise any inconsistencies during the building process.
To Oil or Not to Oil???
The grain of hardwood decking is very fine and in some cases it can appear as though the timber has split. Oiling the deck will re-hydrate the timber, expand the grain & improve the appearance. Oiling your deck will also give the timber a deeper, richer finish, however you may choose to leave your deck natural if that’s the look you prefer and that is perfectly fine. That said, it is important to note that an unoiled decking can be susceptible to mould or mildew during cold, wet or humid weather but this can be easily cleaned with a deck wash product and a high pressure sprayer. Any spills on your unoiled decking would also have to be cleaned up promptly to avoid permanent staining.
Oiling your Deck is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
Oiling your deck is a relatively simple procedure – much like mopping your floor!
You will need: A specific deck wash product, a lambs wool applicator, with oiling bucket and strainer and of course, the decking oil (all of which are available from Bunnings or any hardware store).
We recommend: Solver, Cabots or Feast Watson Natural Oil. A 4 litre can will generally cover around 20 square metres (for 2 coats) and will cost around $49.00.
- Thoroughly wash down your deck using deck wash and leave to dry for 24 hours.
- Apply the oil using a lambs wool applicator, mopping in the direction of the timber – 3 slats at a time. The specific oiling bucket with strainer will ensure you have the correct amount of oil on your applicator for an even coat. Allow to dry as directed on your oil can.
- Apply a second coat when the first coat is dry.
This process will only need to be repeated approximately every 12 to 18 months, depending on your deck’s exposure to the elements and the type of oil used. A water based product tends to last a little longer than an oil based product but the oil based products look a little more natural. Colour samples should be available in store & staff available to help you choose your preferred look.
So all that’s left to do now is pour a drink, sit back, relax and admire your beautiful new deck!
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Call Pro-Form Pergolas for all your decking needs on 8258 9117 or 0400 826 460.