revamp YOUR DECK
Over time the weather and regular use take their toll on your deck, but there are things you can do to improve it. Here are four ways to make your deck a more attractive, practical and safe place.
1. LOOSE BOARDS
With expansion and contraction, fixings can loosen. Boards lift and move out of line. Use a chisel to lever any bent boards back into line, drill a pilot hole using a countersinking drill bit, then screw the boards back down.
3. HANDRAIL FIX
A wide handrail caps off your balustrade, and is more comfortable to lean against and rest a drink. Pry off the old handrail and cut a new one out of 140 x 45mm dressed treated pine. Spread high-strength adhesive, such as Sikaflex, on the balustrade, then screw down the handrail using 100mm batten screws.
2. STAIN TIMBER
First use a deck cleaning product and a stiff broom to remove any dirt and grime from the boards. Leave to dry, then follow with a decking stain. A natural stain enhances the timber or go for a complete change by using a coloured stain.
4. ADD SHADE
A shade sail (or two!) keeps off the harsh sun and also adds a sculptural element to your deck. Make sure the sail is well supported with steel posts concreted in the ground. Any fixing points on the house need to be well connected, as the sails can generate considerable force when the wind gets under them.