Winter Proof Your Timber Decking

Winter Proofing Your Decking

Winter Proofing Your Decking

Simply because Sydney’s going into its cooler months does not imply you need to deny yourself of your outdoor entertainment location.
Below are a few ideas for remodeling and caring for your timber deck for winter that we’re looking forward to implementing (and delighting in!) over the next few months.

1. Clean Up:
First things first– you’re going to want to get the wood back into great shape before you do anything else– the winter weather condition can be harsh and you’ll want to protect the timber as best you can before it’s too late. Clear the area– put away furnishings, toys and plants. If something is too heavy to shift (such as a barbecue), move it to one corner of the deck. Then you’ll need to clean– while a power wash might seem like the most effective alternative, it has the repercussion of potentially harming the wood. Rather, get a deck cleaning solution and clean it by hand.
2. Inspect for damage:
After cleaning, take a look at the wood up close– are there any indicators of wood damage? Is the stain fading? Is the paint peeling or chipping? If the answer to any of the previous questions is yes, you will have to take a look at either replacing part of the deck, or repainting/staining while the deck is clean.
3. Finish it off:
As soon as you have actually repainted or stained the deck (or if you have actually examined that the deck requires neither), you must consider using a coat of water repellent as the final layer of protection. A water repellent will extend the life of your deck over the long term, and if you’re using your deck on a regular basis, this will be an important step to consider.
4. Get an outdoor fireplace:
The main reason Sydneysiders don’t like being outside during winter is because, well, it’s very cold. Installing an outdoor fireplace will nip that problem in the bud, all while making the deck that much more visually pleasing for you and your visitors.
5. Winter blooms:
A lot of individuals dislike winter for the lack of blooms readily available, however if you plant pansies or violas, you’ll have a solid dash of color all winter long.
6. Light it up:
Though many feel they ought to be reserved for Christmas time, we feel that a string of white LED lights can brighten up any deck or outdoor patio and makes the area more cheery.
7. Trim and tidy:
Get rid of dead annuals from containers or flower beds around the deck. If you have any perennials, take this time to prune them down to their suggested height and tidy up the dead leaves around them.
8. Remain it evergreen:
For those looking for a little less upkeep in the long run, plant some evergreens– climbers, in particular, are our favorites, particularly for smaller spaces. Our favorites are the stephanotis, star jasmine and coral pea.