Tips for increasing the longevity of your timber decking

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Rain and debris may be understandably be a cause for concern, particularly in conditions like we’ve experienced this month with the recent back-to-back storms.

The good news is that your decking can handle some extreme weather conditions when properly cared for! We’ll share our tips to help you increase the longevity of your timber decking so it has maximum protection from extreme weather.

Use end grain treatment

Did you know you can help improve the longevity of your deck with something called end grain treatment? We stock Ensele End Grain Preservative, which is the best product on the market to help protect wood treated with Tanalith E — like most of our decking boards.

Tanalith is a versatile wood preservative with copper and other compounds to protect outdoor timber from fungus, microbes, and insects. That’s why we use it on our decking products here at Savoy Timber! Plus, it’s better for the environment than other wood treatments. If you’ve recently purchased a decking kit or decking boards from us, we highly recommend you use an end grain treatment to protect your decking further.

Store planters on top of cement blocks

Planters look fantastic on every deck, however, the concave (meaning they have a slight dome) shape on the underside of the planter can trap dirt or moisture. If moisture and dirt are trapped between the planter and the decking it can cause your deck to rot, split, or warp.

If you have planters on your deck, you may want to consider creating a built-in planter (with proper drainage) or use a cement block as a barrier between the planter and the decking.

Try an oil-based stain

The UK receives a large volume of rain every year and many homeowners choose to protect their deck by using a stain or sealant. We recommend you opt for an oil-based stain over a paint or “solid stain”. The reason for this is that oil-based stains simply last longer and provide better protection in wet and rainy conditions.

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Generally speaking, solid stains and paints can be challenging (if not impossible) to keep looking pristine and take additional time to maintain. Plus, solid stains and paints are known to crack and chip — which can leave your decking unprotected from the elements.

Make repairs as needed

Whether your deck is new or was built a few years ago, one way to make sure it stays in perfect condition is to make repairs as soon as you can. If you can see a problem or a board splitting, you’ll want to remove it to see if it was an isolated case, or to see if you have a problem (like pooling water) under your deck.

Just this week, we’ve seen many gardens underwater, and even though decking boards are very durable, ideally they shouldn’t be completely submerged! For that reason alone, you’ll want to inspect your decking boards for any damage following the storm as soon as it is safe to do so.

fixing decking yourself

While completing the inspection of your decking boards, if you need one-off decking timbers or even a whole new deck, we’ve got you covered! Our decking kits are a quick, easy, and cost-effective way to build a deck in your garden! Each kit comes with a full set of clear step-by-step instructions and all the fixings you’ll need to do the job.

Don’t forget that you can always use our decking calculator to help you make sure you’ve got the right decking kit! If you’re still not sure or need additional advice, give us a call or pop into any of our DIY stores in PrestonBlackpool, and Wigan.