spruce up YOUR DECK

Give it an up­date in time for the party sea­son

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Deck Makeover -

if your deck and per­gola are look­ing a bit worse for wear, don’t chuck out the lot and start from scratch. If the struc­ture’s in pretty good nick you can sim­ply up­date! Re­plac­ing the deck­ing and per­gola roof­ing will give your place a much-needed lift and bring your out­door en­ter­tain­ing space in to the 21st cen­tury.

PROJECT 1 - RE­PLAC­ING A PER­GOLA ROOF Gather your sup­plies

Suntuf Sun­lite 10mm poly­car­bon­ate sheet­ing in So­lar Grey Join­ing strips, rub­ber gas­kets and end cap­ping to suit poly­car­bon­ate roof­ing sys­tem.

You’ll also need

Drill; sand­pa­per; sugar soap; rust con­verter; metal primer; Du­lux Weather­shield exterior acrylic in Tea­house; paint­ing equip­ment; jig­saw fit­ted with plas­tic cut­ting blade; 50mm roof­ing screws for metal; rub­ber mal­let; spray bot­tle. NOTE When us­ing power tools, wear all the safety gear re­quired and re­fer to your prod­uct in­struc­tions.

Here’s how

STEP 1 (See over page) Un­screw and re­move old roof sheet­ing. Re­tain any flash­ing that is water­proof­ing the old roof where it meets the house.

STEP 2 As it’s eas­ier, pre­pare and paint per­gola frame prior to fit­ting roof sheet­ing. For a metal per­gola, as here, lightly sand and clean off any dirt with sugar soap.

1 Don’t just im­prove

the look, also re­duce the main­te­nance. Com­pos­ite deck­ing is made from re­cy­cled plas­tics and timber, and is vir­tu­ally main­te­nance free.

2 Use your deck makeover

as a cat­a­lyst to change the whole look of your home. Paint the walls in a colour to com­ple­ment your new ma­te­ri­als. Keep the theme go­ing (and save money, too) by paint­ing your old pots in the same colour to tie the whole scheme to­gether.

3 Your ren­o­vated deck

isn’t just for play! Set up a re­cy­cled side ta­ble in a cor­ner for a re­ally handy pot­ting bench. Di­vide your suc­cu­lents and re-pot them to ex­pand your gar­den.

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Ligu­laria den­tata ‘Du Rozzen’ Aeo­nium

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