How to protect your decking from weathering
If you’ve just improved your landscaping with decking, the last thing you want is for the weather to go and ruin it all. The good news, though, is that it doesn’t have to. With a bit of planning, foresight, and preventing, you can protect your decking for the long-term so that it serves you year after year. Here’s how.
Use Quality Sealant
Your decking can handle a bit of rain without any additional work. But if you want to make it robust against violent storms, then you need to use the proper sealant.
Sealant protects decking in a couple of ways. Firstly, it fills up the gaps in your wooden decking, preventing moisture from penetrating the interior of the material. When water can’t get in, your decking is protected against freeze-thaw weathering and growth of unwanted organics.
Clean Your Decking Regularly
Over the winter months when you’re not using your deck, it can be easy to let cleaning slip. But, in general, it’s not a good idea to leave your decking to its own devices. Why? Over time, small plants can grow in the decking, damage it, and provide an opportunity for water to get in and cause yet more damage. Cleaning removes debris and plant matter, keeping the surface of the decking free from potential sources of harm.
Bring Decking Furniture Indoors When Not In Use
Decking furniture can cause uneven wearing of your decking, leading to patchiness and a generally unattractive appearance. It’s a good idea, therefore, to bring in your furniture, potted plants, and anything else you might be keeping on your deck.