Floor Maintenance

Timber decking – what do you need to be aware of?

February 1, 2017
Make sure your deck is ready for summer!

Summer is definitely the best time of the year to live in Sydney. Access to some of the best beaches in the country to swim and surf, the countless forests to go for a bushwalk and plenty of ice-cream spots to cool down from the steamy summer days.

However, for most people, the summer is all about relaxing at home with friends and family. Perhaps throwing together a little house party, enjoying a barbeque on the timber deck overlooking the setting sun with a cool drink in your hand.

If that sounds like fun, then it is important that you know how to protect your timber deck over the busiest time of the year. Don't worry, we've got the snags on the BBQ ready to go!

The summer sun can bake Sydney.The summer sun can bake Sydney.

Observing nails and loose sections

Summer is when your deck is at peak traffic, with all manner of people and pets escaping the house in search of a cool breeze. As such, it becomes important to take note any obvious structural issues with the deck that may cause injury. One example of this is loose nails.

Over time, nails can become loose and raised above the timber boards. As well as being a hazard, it's best to address issues like this as soon as possible to maintain the integrity of the deck.

Before your family and friends come over, put on your shoes and inspect all the nails on your deck. If there are some loose ones, bang them in with a hammer. You might also find loose or damaged boards that will need to be replaced.

If you wish to avoid nails at all, Sydney Flooring also offer the Deck-Max "secret fixing" system. This installation style allowing the timber to be fixed without the use of nails – handy, safe and more aesthetically pleasing. Imagine not having to worry about nails!

Take note of insect activity

Sydney's backyards are full of creepy-crawlies that love to live on, under and around your deck. From spiders and ants to beetles and crickets, insects of all shapes and sizes want to make your deck their warm, cosy home. This can become a problem if you get an infestation or they are causing structural problems to the deck.

Be aware of insects around your deck.Be aware of insects around your deck.

As such, take care of insects with spraying or natural deterrents to not only look after the fears of family and friends, but also to protect the long term future of your deck.

Learning more about timber deck maintenance

Having a deck is something that many in Sydney take for granted. However, before you host a summer party, make sure it is properly maintained and protected.

For more information about timber flooring and decking, feel free to reach out to the team at Sydney Flooring today.

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