Warm weather in Queensland makes time in the swimming pool virtually a year-round activity, and what better way to spend time with family and friends than a splash in the water?
And what’s more beautiful and inviting than that timber decking surrounding your pool? The natural look is inviting and adds to the feel of being outdoors.
But wood decks can splinter—think bare feet—and the constant exposure to heat, water and chemicals can cause wood to rot without a bit of proper maintenance.
The good news, however, is that a few simple steps can keep wooden poolside decks in great condition, looking beautiful and your pool ready to use. Consider these five tips for easy maintenance:
1. Sweep your timber deck
That’s right, regular sweeping prevents dirt and leaves from accumulating. Both can stain deck surfaces and also began that decay process. A clean deck is a pretty deck, but it also maintains the health of the wood for the long term.
2. Move the BBQ
There’s nothing like grilling next to the pool, but grease can also accumulate, leaving slippery surfaces and permanent stains. Not only that, pool chemicals can cause grills to corrode faster. So if you don’t want to completely remove the BBQ from your deck, at least find a corner away from splashing water and lots of traffic.
3. Stain and seal your timber deck
Properly staining and sealing your deck can increase the life of the wood in which you’ve invested. The main benefit is that stains and sealers waterproof the wood.
This prevents splintering and rotting, which leads to costly repairs. Oil stains work best because they seep into the wood, giving deeper protection. Plus, stains come in many colours, adding to your deck’s beauty.
4. Look for nail pops
If you’ve used nails to put your deck together, you can expect some of those same nails to pop out of the wood.
This is due to temperature changes throughout the year, causing the wood to contract and expand, pushing that nail up. While not necessarily damaging to your deck, you definitely don’t want to catch a foot on one of those.
5. Replace damaged boards
A routine, annual inspection will let you know quickly if you’ve got a bad board, and the quicker you replace that board, the better, as this will prevent parallel boards from also rotting, requiring more costly repairs. While you’re at it, inspect railings and be sure they are in good working order.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll avoid costly repairs and lengthy poolside closures. Rather than working on that deck, your deck will be working for you!
Have more questions? Your friends at Narangba Timbers are ready to give you the help you need. Give them a call today.