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The second in our series of blogs about how to keep your decking area in tip-top shape, this week we’re talking about oiling your decking – just one of a couple of ways you can seal your deck against water and moisture. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
The first one is: to keep it looking great! Decking oil is a sealing agent, which essentially means that it stops water from penetrating the wooden material of your decking boards. There are lots of benefits to waterproofing your boards like this – one of which includes making them resistant to mould and fungus. This is a great bonus if you’ve just spent a little while clearing your decking boards of exactly that. This preserves the natural look and colour of your softwood decking, and extends the time it takes before it starts to fade again. Some decking oils on the market also come with UV protection to help guard against the bleaching effect of sunlight too, so it’s always worth having a bit of a shop around before buying one.
There are lots of ways to do it, but we think using a roller is the most efficient way to get the job done – and you don’t sacrifice anything in the quality of the finish, either. The first thing to do is get the surrounding area sorted. If you’re doing this immediately after having washed and cleaned your deck, most things will be clear of the area anyway, but if not just take a second to remove any patio furniture, plant pots and anything else which might get in the way. Then lay some dust sheets down, taking extra care to cover anything you definitely don’t want decking oil on – rollers can be more prone to splashing than brushes. When you’ve got your area prepared, give your decking oil a quick stir before you start.
At Savoy Timber, we’d recommend finding a hidden or less visible area of your garden decking that you can test the colour on to make sure that you’re definitely happy with it. The trick here is to dip the roller in the tray or bucket and twist it before taking it out – this will reduce the amount of excess dripping you have to deal with. Once you’re happy with those first results, use the roller to paint three or four decking boards at a time, from one end all the way down to the other. If you can, keep the edges of the roller in line with the narrow gaps in the boards – this will avoid any overlap marks. Instead of a roller, you might want to consider using a paintbrush for any particularly tricky corners. With your wooden decking railings, in fact, you’ll probably need the paintbrush anyway, as it would take quite a sleight of hand to do them with the roller.
Once you’ve done the first coat, go over it again to stop the paint pooling or puddling. Two thin coats is always better than one thick one, and the sad fact is it might be all too obvious where the paint has pooled once it’s all dry. Once it’s all done, take a step back to admire your handiwork. It’s possible it might still need one or two further coats, so use your judgement on that one. Only remove the dust sheets once you’re absolutely sure you’re happy.
And that’s all there is to it! When it comes right down to it, it’s actually not a complicated process – it just needs a careful eye and a steady hand. As we’ve mentioned above, oiling your decking boards is just one option you have when it comes to treating them. We’ll be going on to talk about some of the others in next week’s article, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, feel free to pop into one of our showrooms in Preston, Blackpool or Wigan, where we’ve got products to cater to your every decking need. Our staff are always about to lend a friendly helping hand, too, so don’t hesitate to ask!
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