It might be rather damp outside these days, but a brief dry spell might be a good time to check your timber decking for any maintenance or damage that might need some action in the coming months. Timber is of course a natural product and as such, it will change over time. The moisture content will vary significantly from summer to winter, enabling some movement and swelling whilst the colour will fade over time and certainly in the first few years of being exposed to the elements.
Here’s a helpful timber decking checklist for you to ponder in the coming weeks:
- It’s important to visually check the timber decking boards for signs of deterioration – damage or water retention for example. Make a note of anything that needs correction, actioning any poor draining areas as soon as possible.
- If you have balustrades, check these too and ensure that they are all secure and nothing is loose.
- Find the time to remove any debris from your timber decking, whether moss or rotting leaves. It can be a slipping hazard will only build up over time.
- If you stain or coat your timber decking, think about when you last did this and whether you need to plan to re-apply anything when the spring approaches.
- Finding it all a bit slippery? Take some time to learn about DeckWright Inserts. Whether for steps, walkways or larger areas, these clever, flexible strips are easy to fit and provide a reassuring grip underfoot, whatever the weather. You can fit them during the winter, so don’t wait until spring as you need that grip now.
If you have any specific queries about your timber decking, please do get in touch and we’ll certainly try to help.