What are the different types of decking?
When it comes to choosing your decking there are many factors you'll probably consider, Hardwood or Softwood? Finished or unfinished? Light or Dark boards? but it doesn't have to be complicated. With our 20 years of experience working with timber of all kinds, our friendly and knowledgeable timber team are here to help you answer those pivotal questions. Round Wood of Mayfield cuts, treats and supplies a range of hardwood decking. From tropical Balau and Ipe to more traditional options such as sustainably sourced and harvested oak. Renowned for their colourations, tropical boards tend to range from light to dark brown with orange or red undertones. When the different shades are fitted together, an impressive, eye-catching, rich, dark and unique deck is achieved, especially when wet (perfect for an English summer).
Some boards may contain some small microscopic holes. These are not a defect in the boards, it’s a natural occurrence called Pinworm. This is allowed for in industry guidelines and are not detrimental to the structure of the striking timber.
How do I protect my decking?
Some companies pre-finish their decking timber before selling however, Round Wood believes in keeping everything as natural as possible to allow for modifications to be made and to allow you to make your decking perfect for you.
There are many ways to protect and finish your decking and depending on how you want your decking to look once complete, some can be considered to be more advantageous than others. Decking can be left untreated to weather down over time, or, can be treated with penetrating oils. Treatex, which is also available at Round Wood, is an exterior wood finish which provides protection from UV rays. This particular decking oil is made on a base of natural, sustainable raw materials including; sunflower oil, soybean oil and rapeseed oil.
How do I repair damage to my decking?
Some damages are to be expected once your decking has been exposed, not only to the elements but to children, pets, shoes and furniture. However, some scratches and scuff marks are quick to repair with the easy 3-step method;
2. Sand back the damaged area
If your decking is discoloured, it may only need scrubbing with hot soapy water to give it a new lease of life. However, for mould and mildew, and faded or stained decks, you will probably need to use a cleaning product specifically made for cleaning and restoring decks. Make sure you always scrub in the direction of the grain of the wood so you do not rough up the surface and edges.
For further information on cleaning or repairing your decking, give us a call on 01435 867 072