There’s nothing quite like a timber deck to give your commercial building that wow factor. From balmy summer days to corporate BBQ parties, it’s the perfect space to entertain clients, employees or guests. But while timber decks look stunning, they can quickly lose their charm when repeatedly exposed to the harsh Australian weather. So to keep your commercial deck looking its best, regular maintenance is essential. On that note, we’re here to share some expert tips on timber deck maintenance—so it remains in tip-top condition and the envy of all who see it.
Never Forget About Regular Cleaning
Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the appearance and longevity of your commercial timber deck. Sweeping the deck with a broom or leaf blower to remove debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt is recommended. Remind your cleaning staff to use a mild detergent and warm water to wash the deck, then rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose. Avoid using a high-pressure washer, which can damage the timber’s surface. If the deck has tough stains, use a timber-specific cleaner to remove them.
Reapply the Stain or Sealant
Staining or sealing your timber deck protects it against the elements, making it less likely to crack, warp or rot. Going the DIY route with your timber deck maintenance? Choose a high-quality stain or sealant that suits your deck’s timber type and level of exposure to the weather. And before applying the stain or sealant, ensure the deck is dry, clean and free from any previous coating.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow sufficient time for the stain or sealant to dry before using the deck. For best results, it’s recommended to reapply the stain or sealant every one or two years.
Inspect the Timber Deck Regularly
Regularly inspecting your timber deck is crucial to identify any damage or issues before they become more significant problems. Check for any signs of rot, warping, splitting, or loose boards. Address any issues immediately if you can. That’s because delaying repairs can result in more extensive damage and more significant costs to fix. If the damage is minor, you can replace the affected boards on your own. But if the issue is more severe, consider hiring a professional timber deck repair company to avoid causing more damage to the timber boards.
Refinish Your Commercial Deck
Over time, timber decks can lose their colour and begin to look dull. Refinishing the deck can restore its appearance, making it look as good as new. But before refinishing, clean the deck thoroughly and sand it down to remove any old finish. Apply a new coat of finish or stain, and allow it to dry completely before using the deck. Refinishing your deck every three to five years will help keep it looking great.
Keep the Deck Clear Often
Leaving objects, such as furniture or potted plants, on the timber deck for extended periods can cause discolouration and water damage. So remove any objects from the deck and place them on a separate surface when not in use.
Avoid using abrasive tools or cleaning agents to address dirt left by furniture or other objects temporarily placed on the deck. It’s also recommended to apply felt pads to the legs of furniture to prevent scratching the deck’s surface.
Leave It to the Pros
If you’re not confident in maintaining your timber deck or don’t have the time or tools to do so, consider hiring a professional timber deck repair and maintenance company. A professional company will have the knowledge, expertise and tools to keep your deck in great shape. They can also inspect your commercial deck for any issues and offer recommendations for repairs or upgrades.
Call Mathiou Services Today
If you’re looking for a reliable and professional timber deck repair and maintenance company in Australia, Mathiou Services is an excellent choice. We have years of experience in commercial carpentry and have a team of skilled professionals specialising in timber deck repair and maintenance. You don’t have to worry about timber deck cleaning, staining, refinishing & repairs—we can handle all that.
And if your timber deck turns out to be damaged beyond repair, we can provide timber deck restoration or build a new one for you. Our team has built decks for commercial properties across Australia. Count on us to suggest and install the best decking option for your place.
Contact us today to request a service estimate or learn more about what we do.