Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Tips For Taking Care of Your Decking Timber

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have a deck that is made of timber, you need to make sure you take good care of it. Wood makes for a beautiful deck with a warm ambiance, but it is also prone to damage that other materials are not susceptible to. To help your deck last a long time, follow these essential maintenance and care tips.

Keep the Deck Clean

Since water can damage a wood deck, it is tempting to not ever wash it, but this is still important to do. To reduce how much scrubbing needs to be done, start by sweeping the deck on a regular basis. This reduces how much dirt buildup you end up having to remove. On a routine basis, get out your hose and wash the deck using mild soap and water from the hose. While you can use a low pressure nozzle on the hose to wash away stains and debris, you should avoid the high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer. The high-pressure water can cause damage to the wood. Consult a decking timber contractor to learn about the best cleaning methods.

Inspect the Deck Routinely

Every time you wash the deck, it lets you see the timber up close and look for any signs of damage. Minor cracks and damage in a deck could eventually worsen if they are not repaired. This is why regular maintenance and repairs of a timber deck is so important. After you have washed the deck thoroughly, take a close look at all the railings, steps, and floor boards for signs of damage. If you notice any cracks or holes, make a note to fill them with a good wood filler. Also look for signs of channels that might mean you have termites, rot, and water damage. Address each type of damage promptly.

Have the Deck Sealed

The timber deck also needs to be sealed, whether it is a regular hardwood deck or made of engineered timber. While engineered timber does tend to last longer without experiencing the same type of damage, it still needs regular sealing. Wood sealant provides an additional protective layer on the top surface of the wood, thus reducing rot, water damage, and pest infestation. When applying the sealant, make sure you add a thin, even coat, and let the coat dry. Apply another coat if you feel it needs it, based on your local weather and climate.


15 August 2016