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Decking maintenance

Garden decking Maintaining your deck

Maintaining your deck will keep it looking its best and increase its longevity. We’ll show you what you need to do to achieve beautiful, long-lasting decking.

Factors to consider

Garden decking Weather

Weather

New decking timber is usually pressure-treated to protect the wood, making it resistant to harsh weather. However, your decking will be exposed all year round meaning it will require treatment to protect it from the elements. In an open, sunny position the wood gradually fades, becomes grey and bleached due to UV rays. Small cracks develop in dry weather which let in water when it rains.

Damp

In shaded situations, water may lay on the deck for long periods, especially in winter. This prolonged damp promotes the growth of algae, turning the timber green, slimy and slippery. Left untreated, the water penetrates further into the wood and cannot escape. As a result, the wood may deteriorate and rot. Green algae can form in wet conditions on any deck in areas which never really dry out such as under pots, heavy furniture and barbecues.

Wear and tear

Decking areas get a lot of foot traffic and are subject to further wear and tear from furniture, pots, containers and barbeques all being dragged and moved around on the decking timbers. This gradually wears the surface of the wood taking off any layer of protection.


Does your deck need treating?

The best way to check whether it’s time to treat your deck is to drip a small amount of water onto it. If the water sits in beads on the decking boards, it doesn’t need treating but if it soaks into the wood and spreads into the timber as it disappears, your deck needs to be treated.

Choosing the right colour

You may wish to preserve the natural colour of the wood, stain it a different colour or change it to a completely different shade. Non-wood colours look best when in keeping with the surroundings. If in doubt, go for a mid-tone that’s not too bright and not too dark. You can only use water-based colours such as Cuprinol Garden Shades on rails and balustrades but not on deck boards. They give inadequate protection and will wear off easily.

Choosing the right treatment

Choosing the right treatment

Each deck treatment has different effects on the colour and finish you will achieve. Decking oils and protectors are light, oil-like treatments designed to soak into the wood, protect and preserve the original colour. Decking oil can be used on decking that has been regularly maintained and on any deck that has been stripped and repaired if the timber is good quality and in a good state of repair.


Ronseal Decking Protector

Ronseal Decking Protector

Ronseal Decking Protector is a clear treatment for new decking or decking that’s in a good condition and has been well-prepared. It’s dry within 1.5 hours and gives excellent waterproofing protection that will enhance the natural colour of wood without changing or colouring it.

Ronseal Decking Protector
Ronseal Decking Oil

Ronseal Decking Oil

Ronseal Decking Oil nourishes and protects by penetrating the wood and gives a lightly tinted finish. It gives lasting UV protection and by replenishing the natural oils, it prevents water from soaking into the wood which causes deterioration. Applied with a brush, it dries in 4-6 hours.

Ronseal Decking Oil

Decking Stain

Decking stains are more paint-like and will change the colour of your deck to whatever shade you desire. If the wood is stripped and cleaned thoroughly, you should get good results with any colour. If deck timber is dark from previous treatments, a light shade will not be successful in changing the colour.

Shop all Decking Treatment

Shop all Decking Treatment

Ronseal Decking Protector is a clear treatment for new decking or decking that’s in a good condition and has been well-prepared. It’s dry within 1.5 hours and gives excellent waterproofing protection that will enhance the natural colour of wood without changing or colouring it.

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