Re­viv­ing out­doors

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

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

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