Caring for your timber decking in Autumn & Winter
It is safe to say that your timber decking will take the most battering during the colder and wetter months. If you’re surrounded by trees, leaves will fall and unless they’re cleared away, they could promote rotting. The harsh elements will also take their toll on your protective coating on the timber, making your decking more vulnerable to moisture.
This all may sound rather concerning, but not for those who are organised and prepared to carry out some simple maintenance! Follow our easy steps and we’re sure your timber decking will make it through the changing seasons just fine…
Carry out maintenance in Autumn
Autumn is the perfect season for you to give your timber decking a thorough check before the winter weather draws in. Make sure you look out for any damages which need to be fixed. Also by adding an extra coat of sealant, you will be able to protect the timber from the inevitable increase in rainfall. Before you do, you will need to remove the previous layer of water repellent. Firstly, ensure the surface is clean and dry, before sanding down the timber and stripping off the old layer. Now you can add a couple of fresh coats of sealant.
Don’t be neglectful
Although you’re most likely going to be spending more time inside during Autumn and Winter, especially when the wind is howling and the heavens open, you’ll still need to periodically clean your timber decking. This is the most cost effective way of maintaining the use of your timber decking, all it takes is a little time and effort. You will need to remove any debris which has begun to build up such as branches or moss, to stop it gathering and causing your timber to start to rot. Try to regularly sweep the surface and if it starts to become a real mess, get the handy hose or pressure washer, to give it a once over. Be sure to also look around any little nooks and crannies which could be a haven for dirt.
Bring your plants indoors
If you have some plants on your decking or perhaps herbs, it would be a good idea to move them either indoors or to a sheltered place such as a potting shed or garage. This tip is two-fold; the plants will be protected from the temperature drop and you won’t have to clear up their debris as much. Moving them avoids the possibility of moisture forming on the surface of the timber.
Don’t let water collect
The last thing you want to happen is for water to pool on the top of your timber boards. Fungus in the rain makes the surface of the timber decking slippery, which can become quite dangerous, so if you start to experience standing water in certain areas, you will need to address the draining issue as soon as possible.
We hope these tips are helpful for you. For more information on our range of timber decking, please give us a call on 01409 231763.