You might be pleased to know, we are only a few short months away from the sun glimmering over your back garden expertly showcasing your perfectly maintained decking. The main challenge facing any respectful decking owner in Staffordshire is successfully navigating the trials and tribulations of the winter period.
Whilst many of us can not wait for the return of this sociable time, there are still a lot of hurdles we have to overcome to return to barbecues with family and friends.
We have recently focused on efforts to mitigate the effects of winter on your fencing in Staffordshire so we thought why not look at how we can ensure your decking is in the best shape possible throughout the winter.
Your car windscreens are not the only things that will need de-icing this winter, your decking will as well.
Having a frost and ice covered decking can create many problems. Besides the fact that ice can potentially cause damage to the finishing of your decking, it can produce a quite significant slipping hazard.
One of the best ways to combat this is by applying mild de-icing salts. The salts can include potassium chloride before the frost has even had time to form. However, you should only enact this technique if you have had your decking water sealed.
Following on from our most recent point, you should ensure your decking is efficiently water sealed.
Deck sealers (as they are called amongst those involved in the industry) penetrate the wood and offer a protective coating against water absorption. Not only does this give you incredible flexibility when it comes to treating your wood. But it protects against the formation of mold, rot and any other potential damage.
This one might seem like a no brainer but correctly and thoroughly cleaning your decking is an essential ingredient in decking maintenance.
You will want to make sure that your decking is cleaned properly with soap, water and preferably a high power pressure washer.
Additionally, if you have pets you will want to make ensure any potential fouling is removed promptly and effectively. This helps to prevent stains and the build-up of potentially harmful bacteria.
If you have any other questions on how to best look after your decking this winter, please do get in contact with us.