SPRING is in the air and it’s the best time to spruce up your home.
And it’s all about alfresco living going into the warmer months, James Fisher of deck treatment company Cabot’s says.
Fisher says now is the time to open your door and take a closer look at your deck.
“The harsh weather conditions and habitual neglect over the winter months can leave your deck looking less than impressive and at risk of permanent damage, particularly if proper precautions to clean and treat it after the season are not taken,’’ Fisher says.
He says many homeowners are guilty of covering their barbecue and forgetting about outdoor areas for extended periods during the cooler months.
“Months of neglect can result in weather-beaten wood, damaged boards and a buildup of dangerous mould and residue on decking surfaces,” Fisher says.
“Given our decks are an extension of our indoors – playing host to parties, barbecues and get-togethers – it’s important to give it proper attention.
“Caring for your deck is a simple but necessary process. A little TLC coupled with the right range of (treatment) products make it quick and easy to revitalise your deck.”
Before getting any deck updates, its best to give the deck an old-fashioned spring clean, Fisher says.
Any well-planned cosmetic changes can’t hide a deck in disrepair or dirty, grimy boards, he adds.
“Set time to clean your deck flooring before applying decking oils and stains,’’ Fisher says.
A handy hint to determine when a timber deck needs attention is to splash some water on the deck. If the water beads, then all is well, but if it soaks into the deck, it needs to be refinished. For decking tips, go to cabots.com.au