Adding a timber deck to your home is an awesome addition; it can transform your outdoor area and connect your living space with nature. Use the same species to complement your interior timber features,
like flooring or joinery, and let it flow on outside.
At Hurford Wholesale we stock quality kiln dried hardwood decking. Our range includes New Zealand and Imported hardwoods
with a selection of treated and naturally termite resistant softwoods.
Hurford’s have put together a two page checklist to help aid in constructing a residential timber deck. The flyer covers three key areas that can be overlooked, plus there’s some information on the following points:
- Ventilation and drainage
- Decks adjacent to water
- Safety checks
A world wide favourite decking species,
The attractive and durable hardwood is an ideal timber decking. Architects and designers throughout the world value Spotted Gum timber for its back-sawn grain structure, attractive markings and vibrant colour palette.
UV causing any timber left uncoated to turn a weathered silvery grey. This is due to the UV rays slowly degrading the timbers surface and cellulose fibres in the timber, which in turn changes the natural colour. For minimal maintenance consider allowing your deck to weather naturally.
Greying only affects the surface of the timber, so if you decide a change in appearance is needed; then the timber can be rejuvenated and finished to your new desired effect.
To maintain the timbers natural colour or to transform the timbers appearance, an external timber coating needs to be applied and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Reducing the time spent maintaining your deck can depend of the type of finish that’s applied, the degree of sun exposure, and the amount of additional protection it has from the weather. Your expected outcome will determine the level of maintenance required.
Timber movement – Timber is a hygroscopic product, which means that it will absorb or lose moisture depending on the environment it is placed in. When timber is placed in a high humidity (moist) environment it absorbs moisture and expands, oppositely when timber is placed in a low humidity (dry) environment it sheds moisture and shrinks.
Leaching – Leaching of tannins occur when timber is exposed to rain which may cause staining on surfaces in contact with the decking. Directing water runoff, preparing timber prior to installation and maintaining the finish will help reduce any potential leaching. The stain is cosmetic only and will not corrode or rot surfaces it comes in contact with.
Tip: Feast Watson WOOCLEAN helps to remove oils and tannins from new timber and rejuvenates grey, weathered timber.
Finishes – To preserve the natural look of the timber decking it will need to be finished. Applying a penetrating oil based finish will enhance and preserve the natural beauty of the timber, and help keep the timber nourished and hydrated. A finish helps protect from moisture, UV radiation and fungi, reducing timber movement, checking, bleaching, and mould. Unpigmented finishes including clean film finishes have limited life when exposed to UV-light, prone to trapping moisture peeling and greying faster. Transforming the timbers colour can be achieved by using a stain to finish.
Tip: The Feast Watson consumer page will help answer questions you have regarding differences between oils and stains.