Decking

Decking is a lovely addition that can improve your garden in various ways. It adds value to your home by providing a perfect location for al fresco dining and socializing, while elevated decking can level a sloping landscape.

Outdoor decking is highly adaptable and may be used almost anyplace in the yard, from around pools and ponds to under arches and pergolas. It enhances the yard’s natural beauty by blending in with the rest.

Garden space is typically restricted in many places around the UK. If you are considering having a garden decking and improving your garden’s appearance, you have come to the right place!

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Wooden decking looks fantastic in any garden. It is less expensive than many other materials and may provide excellent value when selling a property in Dartford, Kent.

However, there are certain drawbacks to using this sort of decking material. The biggest one is that it requires more time than others to preserve and sustain the quality of this material. It also has a significantly shorter lifespan.

European Oak’s

Iroko

Balau

Thermowood

Siberian Larch

After selecting the type of wooden decking, you must consider where it will be installed. Laying it at a location that receives ample sunlight or in an area that makes the most use of available space will increase the quantity of value added.

It is a critical stage that some individuals overlook, which leads to regrets later in life. Before proceeding with decking, ensure that you trust the contractor and that the boards are of sufficient quality to guarantee you receive the finest kind to improve the appearance of your yard.

Wooden decking typically lasts between 15 and 30 years. Your decking may survive for decades with proper care and upkeep, rain or shine. It is best done before the bad weather rolls in, and with autumn already upon us, it’s time to start getting the garden ready for winter.

Whether your deck is brand new or a few years old, you can help extend its life by ensuring it’s ready to face the elements at this time of year. Let us walk you through how to clean decking, strip decking, preserve your deck, and deal with worn decking.

Decking cleaning doesn’t have to be a big job; if you apply the tips below once or twice a year and keep an eye out for areas of mould, greying, or discolouring of your deck, you will be able to extend its life and enjoy many more happy summers outside.

Safeguard The Nearby Area

Protect your plants and grass from the cleaning solution by covering them.

Clean The Deck

You may achieve this with a chemical formula that works rapidly and does not require much effort from you. However, these cleaning chemicals might harm your plants, so protect them with plastic.

If you don’t want to use chemicals, a pressure washer, stiff wire brush, and elbow grease may be enough to remove accumulated grime. However, if you have mould, using a pressure washer risks spreading the spores and exacerbating the situation. You must first treat and clear the mould.

Use A Deck Cleaner

If you have mould forming on your deck, several multi-purpose decking cleaners will eliminate it while cleaning your deck. It’s a simple fix for various issues and will make your deck look new.

Most new decking comes pre-treated; look for a green or brown tint. Alternatively, your deck’s surface will be slightly darker.

New decking should be allowed to age naturally until the pre-treatment has degraded and it is ready to be oiled. We recommend waiting six months for it to dissolve completely.

After waiting for the coating to dissolve, treat your new decking with oil or stain as usual for decking maintenance.

Using an end grain protector to cover the exposed ends of your decking is another crucial technique to safeguard it. It prevents moisture from entering and causes the wood to twist or split.

Decking that has been sun-weathered appears grey, split, and may warp. Water damage might cause it to decay and become unstable.

Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do about rotted beams other than replace them. It is critical for decking maintenance to fix this as soon as you see the rot, or at the very least, section off your deck since it might cause structural problems.

Decking that has been sun-weathered and appears grey can be saved with care with these three steps:

Make Any Necessary Repairs

If you want your deck to look new, you should start with maintenance repairs. Repair or sand any sections that require it, remove any splinters and replace any loose or damaged boards.

Scrub The Deck

It would help if you cleaned your deck once you’ve repaired it and it’s structurally sound again.

Select Your Paint

There are two methods for reviving ancient grey wood. You may use a clear restorer to bring out the natural grain and beauty of the wood or a decking reviver paint to cover and colour the wood. Both recover your wood, but transparent restorers require a coat of stain or oil to protect it from the elements.

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Decking oil and decking varnish are two alternative solutions for treating and protecting decking. Though they are designed for slightly different reasons, they have certain qualities which can be easily confusing.

Oils are frequently available in natural colours or clear, enhancing your wood’s natural beauty. Decking oils enter the grain and soak deeply into the wood, protecting the inside out. It keeps the wood from cracking, splitting, or warping and should keep it fed and healthy for extended periods.

Oil is also quite durable and simple to maintain; all you have to do is keep it clean and touch it up now and then. It’s dirt and water-resistant, so it doesn’t need much maintenance.

It also protects against rain and sunlight, so your wood will last longer and look better than weathering and greying. However, oil cannot be stained or painted over, so if you wish to change the finish, you must first remove the oil.

Oil should also not be used on some hardwood decks, such as teak or Balau wood, because they are naturally oily and have a very thick grain that might be difficult to penetrate.

Decking varnish comes in a range of colours. Varnish, unlike oils, primarily shields the timber from the elements rather than permeating deeply into the wood. It offers the same weather protection and aids in preventing rot and greying.

Varnish is also highly resistant to foot traffic. They form a strong coating over the top of the wood to withstand heavy footfall. When wet, this layer might become slippery.

Decking varnish is more prone to peeling and flaking if not adequately maintained.

DA1 Construction and Landscaping is proud to be a leading construction and landscaping company in Dartford, Kent, for quality decking, whether you are a DIYer, architect, designer, or tradesperson.

Explore our decking services and serviceable areas; whatever your project requirements are — we’re here to help you take your garden to the next level with an attractive decking solution.

Whatever your decking needs are, we will have a solution. Our extensively experienced and highly professional landscaping staff will offer you a product and installation that you will be pleased with for many years. 

If you’re ready, call us at 03122 952200, and we’ll be pleased to answer your queries and provide outdoor decking guidance. 

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