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  • Installing a deck
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  • Sealing a sundeck

Installing a deck

Sundecks have become the preferred addition to many homes in South Africa. It is easy to see why an attractive wooden deck creates a unique space. A well-planned deck, is not quite an indoor, nor an outdoor entertainment area, it links your entertainment area and garden, enhancing the quality of both all year round. A sundeck costs less to build than any other indoor room. Few home improvements can match a deck for the enjoyment it will add to your lifestyle, the utilization you will get from your deck and the value you will add to your home!

Maintaining Tips

Here are a few tips on maintaining a wooden deck Annual maintenance is vital to keep a wooden deck looking good.
1. Use a screwdriver to remove debris. Reset or replace screws that protrude.
2. Apply specially formulated deck cleaners to remove gray wood fibres or sand with sanding paper
3. While deck is still wet, scrub with a stiff-bristled brush. Always work with the grain of the wood.
4. Wash deck using a garden hose with a spray nozzle or a pressure washer with a wide spray head.
5. If nails leave rust marks, countersink them below deck surface and remove rust with a dilute mixture of oxalic acid.
6. Let deck dry for two days before applying a clear wood preservative with ultraviolet-light inhibitors. Use a sprayer and roller to apply the product, then brush it in.

Decking material

Traditionally, pressure treated wood often has been used in the supporting framework for decking. For years this wood has been treated with a chemical containing chromated copper arsenate (CCA), which is now being phased out. New compounds make treated timber more user-friendly.

Composite decking materials truly have improved over the last decade. Most old problems like mold and rot have improved. It is important to find a product that has a good warranty in case of a problem.

Sealing a sundeck

The myth that a timber sundeck is expensive to maintain is unfounded, provided it is installed using good quality timber and construction methods are sound. If finished with the correct sealer, maintenance can be reduced to a minimum and maintenance intervals can be increased.

A common mistake that is often made is to coat the deck with a coating that does not penetrate the deck surface but rather dries on the surface. With the hot African sun beating down on the deck the horizontal surfaces often start to crack and flake. Using a penetrating timber preservative avoids this occurring and reduces labour costs at scheduled maintenance intervals.

Screw holes should always be filled with an epoxy to avoid them “popping” and to avoid water penetrating the timber through the screw hole. One must remember that water penetrates wood largely from the end grain and therefore any screw holes left unfilled will allow water to easily penetrate the timber. End grains should also be well sealed to avoid this.

After taking into account your unique requirements and environment it is difficult to argue that a well constructed timber sundeck, using quality timber from reputable suppliers will not add value to your property while providing many years of enjoyment.

The warmth of wood cannot be replicated by other building materials.

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