How To Maintain Your Decking

Decking looks beautiful once laid and we want to help you keep it that way.

Frequently asked questions​

Q.) Should I treat my new decking?

A.) Fresh decking is pressure treated and needs time to fully dry once installed. We recommend to leave it over a Summer and then wash it down. Once it is fully dry, use a suitable decking stain or oil to paint two coats on. This will protect and seal the boards and help stop algae forming on the surface of the boards.

Q.) How do I get rid of algae on decking?

A.) It's best to pressure wash your deck to safely remove all traces of algae. Algae can make decking become slippy. Once it's all washed and free from traces of green algae, treat with suitable decking stain or oil.

Q.) How often should I clean and treat my decking?

A.) We recommend to do this once a year.

Q.) Which is best, oil or stain?

A.) Both oils and stains have their own distinct advantages. Essentially, what differentiates oils from stains is that a stain will improve the appearance of the deck by changing the timber colour; while an oil will enhance the current colour if you are wanting to leave your wood as is.

Q.) How long with softwood decking last?

A.) Traditional wooden decks have a lifespan of approximately 10 to 15 years if you maintain it. Because composite decking is weather, insect, and rot resistant, it will last up to 25 to 30 years but can work out a lot dearer (please get in touch for composite deck quotes).

Q.) Can I use a paint roller to stain my decking?

A.) Deck stains can be applied in several different ways. Using a pump-up garden sprayer and roller are two popular methods. Regardless of how you apply your wood stain, keep a paint brush at hand. A paint brush will work the stain deep in to the pores of a board.

Q.) Can I use a paint roller to stain my decking?

A.) Deck stains can be applied in several different ways. Using a pump-up garden sprayer and roller are two popular methods. Regardless of how you apply your wood stain, keep a paint brush at hand. A paint brush will work the stain deep in to the pores of a board.

Q.) Can I sand my decking if it looks worn?

A.) You can sand an older deck using an orbital sander. Make sure you sand in the direction of the grain, then apply as many coats of stain as you see fit to fully seal your deck.