Do you remember the excitement you had the day your new outdoor decking was built? The perfect space to relax and unwind, the smell of freshly cut wood and the warm colouration of new deck boards and balustrade. Skip a couple of years, and what was once your garden centrepiece has become a source of shame. The warm colours faded, the deck boards slippery, and the spindles and handrails looking like they are ready to crack and break.
All the timber decking components we stock are pressure treated with Tanlith-E outdoor preservative. Tanlith-E provides long-term protection against fungal and bug attacks for both in and out of ground contact. Over time, even pressure treated timber will become increasingly prone to damage, particularly if the decking has not been finished and regularly maintained. We recommend that you inspect your decking annually at a minimum, identify weathering and damage, and make the necessary repairs before things worsen.
In most cases, revitalising old decking will involve a simple clean and re-stain or oil. But if you’ve found damaged parts or you are planning to change the look of your current decking, you will need to replace your components. In either case, do not despair, we are here to help. Find our useful renovation tips to spruce up your decking area on a budget below:
1 - Wash your decking
First and foremost, before any other step, give your decking a good scrub with a cloth (or brush) and a cleaning solution such as Ronseal Decking Cleaner. Washing will remove algae, moss and mould that has collected over the winter months.
Top tip: Some websites will recommend bleach and warm water. Bleach is not a great wood cleaner and will struggle to remove some of the dirt and grime present in the wood. We recommend sticking with cleaners that are specially designed for cleaning old decking and preparing new wood.
2 - Paint, stain, or oil your decking
Although tough, any untreated timber exposed to the weather still needs to be protected. To protect and enhance your balustrade, apply a proprietary clear water repellent, semi-transparent seal, or a decking oil. For more information, please refer to our Outdoor Decking Finishing Guide.
Top tip: If you are unsure whether your decking needs refinishing, you can do a simple test using a glass of water. Check by pouring a tiny bit onto your decking. If the water beads and sits on the surface, this is a sign that your decking is waterproof. If on the other hand the water disappears into the wood, you will want to purchase a stain or oil ASAP to protect your deck.
3 - Replace old spindles, newel posts and handrails with new decking components
Old decking with a solid and sound structure doesn’t need to be torn down completely. Many of our customers use their existing decking base and replace worn spindles, newel posts and handrails with new components. Here at Blueprint Joinery, we stock a wide range of both traditional and modern designs in timber, metal and glass. You can find some of our more popular ranges below: