Make sure your deck lasts the dis­tance!

Australasian Timber - - DECKING -

With sum­mer here there is no bet­ter time than now to en­sure your out­door deck is ready to go for the en­ter­tain­ment sea­son ahead. The Aus­tralasian Timber Floor­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has some great tips and guide­lines for main­tain­ing or build­ing with timber out­side.

The harsh­ness of win­ter is look­ing like its com­ing to an end and your out­door fur­ni­ture and deck is most likely to have taken a beat­ing. Now is the time to bring your timber back to life and en­sure your gar­den is ready for the change in tem­per­a­ture and all the fun en­ter­tain­ing that goes on in the warmer months.

The first step is to make sure your timber is prop­erly main­tained so that it can with­stand the ex­po­sure to the sun dur­ing the warmer weather.

In ad­di­tion, check to en­sure you deck is free from ter­mite ac­tiv­ity, de­cay and that fix­ing are not cor­roded. Any loose deck­ing boards should also be re­fixed.

If you’re think­ing of in­stalling a deck in your back­yard there’s a few things for you to know. Firstly, it’s im­por­tant that you choose the right timber, based on your de­sign and lo­ca­tion to en­sure a last­ing per­for­mance.

If you’re plan­ning on an el­e­vated deck en­sure that the area is cleared of veg­e­ta­tion, proper foun­da­tions are pro­vided and that ap­pro­pri­ate drainage is also pro­vided. In ad­di­tion, it is im­por­tant for your deck to be struc­turally strong enough to carry the live loads such as peo­ple walk­ing across it.

If you are want­ing a deck close to the ground it’s im­por­tant to en­sure that the deck still has ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tions and drainage. To pro­tect the tim­bers against de­cay and ter­mites it is nec­es­sary to choose the ap­pro­pri­ate timber species and ap­pro­pri­ate preser­va­tive treat­ment. If your timber deck is near your pool or ocean be cau­tious of po­ten­tial cor­ro­sion that may oc­cur with the fix­ings due to the in­crease of salt in the air. It is rec­om­mended that stain­less steel or sil­i­con bronze fix­ings are used to pre­vent cor­ro­sion.

Un­for­tu­nately, if you live in some ar­eas of the coun­try­side, with sum­mer comes the risk of bush fires, check if your area is prone to fires be­fore in­stalling your deck as this will af­fect the type of timber you may be able to use.

Lastly, it is im­por­tant to main­tain your out­door deck­ing all year round, and sim­ple steps like the ones listed above will en­sure your deck­ing lasts for many sum­mers to come.

For any fur­ther ad­vice you can pur­chase a com­pre­hen­sive deck­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from ATFA or find an ATFA mem­ber at , or please call 1300 36 16 93.

Pho­tos courtesy Peter Camp­bel­lLloyd, Deck-Max – Queens­land.

Now is the time to bring your timber back to life and en­sure your gar­den is ready for the change in tem­per­a­ture and all the fun en­ter­tain­ing that goes on in the warmer months.

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