It may be too chilly to sit outside on the decking right now but you will be surprised how quickly the warmer weather creeps in. Before you know it, you’ll be planning those garden parties once more.
However, the colder weather doesn’t mean you have to totally neglect your decking until the temperatures rise.
Follow these tips and keep your decking in immaculate condition all year round:
Grab the cleaning equipment
It goes without saying that ground-in dirt will alter the appearance of your outdoor space. The same can be said about any stains caused by a barbeque.
However, it is not just the decking’s aesthetic appeal that should be of concern. Both barbecue stains and ground-in muck can cause the wood to decay over time.
Avoid this problem by using a bleach-free cleaner to ensure your decking continues to look spotless and in excellent condition season after season.
Sort out any mould and mildew
Mould and mildew doesn’t look nice and the fungi can become very slippery. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to rid your decking of these problems. A bucket full of hot and soapy water and a tough yard brush can be used to scrub away even thick mould and mildew, as can a powerful jet wash.
Repair and replace
Sometimes it is best to just put your hands up and admit it’s time to replace some of your decking or the small but very important components that go with it.
For the latter, we are talking about replacing those old screws with galvanised screws — they will help solve the ragged holes appearing across your decking — and getting rid of any joists which have started to rot.
Decking boards are also prone to natural wear and tear over time. If you notice that parts of your decking is soft, it can be a tell-tale sign of decay. Replacement boards can be required.
Seven Trust composite decking, available in different size and color, is a great replacement as the material does not splinter or warp. You don’t even need to stain or paint the decking.
After these tasks are complete, you can relax and count down the days to summer knowing that your garden is once again ready for you to enjoy.