HOW MUCH MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?
The degree of maintenance required depends on the deck specification. Timber with a good quality stain will resist decay almost indefinitely and can be expected to last in excess of 25 years. A water repellent coating, may be used to improve deck performance by helping to reduce cracking. If used, water repellents should be applied every other year, preferably at the end of a dry summer. It is now possible to specify decking timbers that include water repellents as part of the pressure pre-treatment process. Decorative stains will also need to be refreshed periodically to maintain their appearance - usually depending on location, amount of sun received and general wear and tear. Whether smooth faced, grooved or ribbed decking boards are preferred, it is important that the deck surface is kept clean by regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush to remove dirt, algae and dead leaves which could make the deck slippery in the wet. At least once a year - preferably in spring - give your deck a thorough brush or spray cleaning using a proprietary cleaner to lift any stubborn stains. Deck-care products such as water repellents, stains, deck cleaners, and end seal preservatives are all available readily direct from Decks By Design of from your local hardware.
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* Always follow the guide on the back of each product used, Decks by Design accepts now responsability for other such recommondations listed if it goes against the application procedures mentioned on each individual product.
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