When is the best time to oil your timber decking?

oiling timber decking

In all honesty, about now! Spring is the time of year when most of us like to start getting out and making the most of the sunshine on our garden decking, so now that the Sun has got his hat on, it’s the perfect time to spruce up your timber decking. Now, the timing is really quite important, and the effectiveness of the oil treatment can depend quite heavily on the weather and temperature for a few days when you apply it. So, if you want to get maximum effectiveness, here’s what you need to know.

When should decking be oiled?

In general, Spring is the best time of the year to oil your decking. But it also depends on how long you’ve had your decking. Ideally, newly-laid or newly-treated decking should be left to weather naturally for about six months before you stain or oil it. This ensures that any existing treatment is given sufficient time to naturally weather away, so that your decking oil can achieve maximum penetration into the wood. On the other hand, if you’ve had your decking for longer than six months or you know that it’s untreated, you can forge ahead immediately!

Ideally you’ll want a couple of days of dry weather around the time you oil your decking, just as you would with any other decking treatment. (That’s one of the reasons why Spring is such a good time to do it.) Make sure to avoid very hot temperatures though, because excessively warm weather might mean that the oil dries too quickly, and therefore isn’t fully absorbed into the wood.

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Why oil your decking?

Oiling your decking is a good idea because decking oil is primarily a practical protective measure. It penetrates the surface grain to protect it from within, waterproofing it and replacing the natural oils and resins that your decking gradually loses over time. That means you end up with a deck that’s highly resistant to dirt and water ingress, so you can count on it to stay looking beautiful whatever the weather. Oils also don’t crack as the deck expands or contracts, which wood has a habit of doing according to the temperature.

Now, it’s true that decking oils can imbue a subtle colouring in your timber decking boards, but that’s a bonus rather than a goal. The purpose of decking oil is primarily protective, rather than aesthetic. In fact, that’s one of the key differences between oiling and staining your decking – one makes it more durable, the other makes it look good.

So that’s all very well and good, you might be thinking, but now that it’s the right time of year, how do I go about getting started on the task? Well, you’ll be glad to hear we’ve got you covered there too, with a handy post that tells you exactly how to oil your decking. You’ll find all the advice you need in there!

And if you need any materials or spare decking boards, you’re in exactly the right place. As well as our expansive range of timber decking and composite decking boards, we stock the fantastic Liberon Decking Oil here at Savoy Timber, available to buy online or at any of our three DIY stores in Preston, Blackpool or Wigan. Why not stop by your local, take a browse and see how we can help get your decking shipshape in time for summer?