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With the clocks gone back, there’s no more official mark that the season for enjoying drinks out on the decking is probably gone for now. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about it entirely! Quite the opposite – you can only enjoy your decking in the good weather if you’ve been taking care of it throughout the winter months as well, so this week on the blog at Savoy Timber we thought it was worth taking you through a few of the key ways on how to do just that.
Falling leaves, windy weather and heavy rain all throughout winter often make this a headache (to put it politely), but trust us, it’s well worth the effort! Autumn and winter debris doesn’t just look nasty, but leaves, twigs and other bits and pieces can become wet and together form a mulch layer, which you definitely don’t want seeping into your garden decking. Keep it clear with a quick brush a few times a week at least. The bonus to doing this is that you also stop fungus from forming, which reduces the risk of you or anyone else slipping on it when it rains. If you’ve got a jet washer handy, using it on a low setting can reliably and efficiently clear away dirt. Don’t set it too high though, or you could damage the wood!
As for rain, you’ll be fine with the occasional shower, but heavy downpours on unsealed decking will quickly start to show its mark, whatever the quality of the wood. If you’re not sure whether or not your deck is unsealed, you can do a water test using a glass of water. Pour a tiny bit onto the deck, and check whether it beads on the surface or sinks down into it. If it’s the latter, you’ll want to purchase some sealer to protect your deck. Luckily, here at Savoy Timber we’ve got the perfect suggestion.
Decking protectors like Liberon Oil are worth their weight in gold. They shield your decking from the worst effects of all weathers, as well as reducing the casual wear and tear from foot traffic. What’s more, being translucent, you don’t have to worry about them changing the appearance of the wood. Being a sealing agent, it stops water from penetrating into your decking boards, preventing mould and fungus from becoming an issue before it’s even started forming. It’s all these qualities that makes Liberon oil a consistently popular choice amongst our customers, even when compared to other decking protectors.
A quick word of advice – if you’re going to apply the product, it’s best not to do it in damp conditions, or if you think rain is going to hit before the oil has fully dried. Doing it under either condition can undercut its effectiveness, and if you’re going to do it you’ll definitely want to do it right!
Don’t forget, if you’re not quite sure of anything or you want to go through the process in a little more detail, feel free to pop into any of our stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan, where one of our friendly members of staff will be only too happy to help out.
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