With the COVID-19 pandemic, not to mention another brutal loss in the AFL finals, chances are you haven’t given much thought to your Geelong timber deck for a year or more. In that time, it may have been copping a hammering from rain, sun and hail, birds, scraping furniture, dog paws and more. So, now’s the time to show it a bit of love with some deck maintenance.
It’s easy to maintain your Geelong timber deck
The thing with maintaining a timber deck is that it’s very easy and quick to do. In fact, in most cases you can knock it off in a day and possibly even use the deck the same evening. Here’s how:
- The first step is simply to give the timber of your Geelong deck a really good clean. While a hose-down, particularly with a high-pressure hose, may suffice for an already clean deck, for best results use a commercial deck cleaning solution combined with water to get rid of all grime and debris. Then hose off and allow to dry.
- When it comes to oil, in most cases a water-based oil is best. Not only will these oils protect your timber deck for 12 months or more, they also help speed up the time between drying. Apply oil with an applicator, roller or brush. It’s incredibly simple to do.
- If it’s been some time since your timber deck has been oiled, give it another coat or even three, particularly if it’s showing any signs of deterioration.
Were you expecting more steps? Sorry to disappoint, but that’s it. All you need to do is wait for the oil to dry before putting your furniture and other items back. Ideally wait until the next day if you can.
Restoring a tired Geelong timber deck
What if your timber deck has really seen better days and hasn’t been reoiled for a long time? While decks are generally very durable and hardy, the elements, UV damage and more can eventually break down the structure of the timber if it’s not protected regularly.
The first thing you should do, if your deck isn’t in great condition, is to inspect it thoroughly for damage. You may need to replace decking boards that are split or are showing signs of rot, tap down any nails that have lifted, and putty any holes.
After this, it’s a good idea to give your Geelong timber deck a good sand. You can do this manually with sandpaper or a sanding sponge, but an electric sander will save you a lot of time. Then, simply follow the three steps listed above, making sure you apply three layers of water-based oil.
New Geelong deck
If you’re old timber deck is past repairing and rejuvenating, or you’re looking to build a new timber deck, you’re in luck. Outside Concepts Geelong Branch are the experts in designing and installing decks in your area.
Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 or go to our Geelong Branch page to submit a contact form and Jaan McKenzie and his team will get you back on deck!
Looking for a solution to your outdoor lifestyle? Call us now for a free quote on 1800 601 674.
It’s easy to keep your Geelong timber deck looking like new.