The Autumn and Winter months are fast approaching. You will need to prepare your deck for the colder months if you plan on making use of it beyond Summer. Here are some things to do to get your deck ready for both Winter and Autumn.
Sometime in the Autumn season, as the temperatures drop and in places, snow starts to fall, we start to make use of our Decks less and less. The Summer and Autumn season can be tough on decks: Think of dirt buildup, barbecue stains, food spills & foot traffic that normally occurs. Therefore, if left unclean, your weathered decks must take on the tough winter weather.
It's extremely crucial that you take a while before the onslaught of Winter winterizes and to clean your deck completely. Otherwise, sleet, ice, snow along with other precipitation could cause damage that is irreversible. These are several measures you can take for the preparation of your deck for the colder months.
Begin with a comprehensive cleaning. You might decide to clean your deck using a garden hose, rinsing away stains and dirt along with any signs of moss, algae or mould growing on the deck surfaces. Alternatively, you can call on a professional from Decaid (part of the Timber Decking Now Group) to safely clean your deck and remove grime to bring back your deck’s natural appearance and use environment friendly cleansers that can kill any contaminants.
Put any deck furniture or planters away in storage. Instead of allowing the accumulation of snow or moisture on these items, keep them in a garage, if possible. Keeping these products in a secure, dry area can assist in preventing the development of mould or rust.
Walk on your Timber Deck to test for structural problems. For instance, you may come across wobbly handles or cracked or free wood boards or railings. Apart from being a safety issue, they can also leave your deck in a weakened condition for the period of Winter thereby increasing the chances for damage.
Examine the landscape all around your Timber Deck. Are there any low-hanging branches that may fall on the deck in case there is a winter storm? Try and eliminate any possible hazards which could damage your deck during the winter period.
Raise the Roof
You have not begun to build it yet; then you need to consider raising a Pergola or Verandah Roof above your deck. A Verandah will help keep out the cold, keep out the rain and also help keep your deck cozy and warm. It also provides you with the chance to design your decks in more flexible, more creative ways, like adding a covered BBQ and better furniture. Now you have another reason why you need to get the best Timber Deck Builders in Melbourne. The time to get a wonderful Verandah design might be now.
When it comes to types of Timber Deck finish, we all have different opinions about what we feel looks nice, and each home comes with its own unique requirements and style. Some people love a modern appearance while others are of the opinion that their deck would benefit from a more contemporary finish. For us, as one the best Timber Deck Builders in Melbourne, we don't care if the style of your home is of a classical or modern build.
Visit us at 31 Sydney Road, Bayswater, 3153, or call us on 0451 022 041 to find out more information about what we can professionally offer you.
For those of you who want to create your very own Timber Deck and have hopped on the DIY train, below are a few important things to remember.
Since you feel you don't need the service of the best Timber Decking Builders in Melbourne, you'll need to master many crafts. A lot of detail goes into creating a Timber Deck, Verandah or Pergola. From planning to design to preparation to building and finishing — constructing an amazing, long lasting deck will take time and require a great deal of skill.
You can easily differentiate quality work from the inferior. It’s one thing to build a Deck. But it’s an entirely different issue to make one that is well finished, long lasting and is in keeping with it’s immediate surroundings.
You should give time — lots of it — to preparation. You must have a clear image of you want to build. You should find a way to “begin with the ending in mind” as Stephen Covey pointed out in his classic “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Persons". Subsequently putting the end in your mind, you then break the image down into smaller, more achievable lots.
Be on top of your expenses and budget. Make sure you precisely monitor what you spend and can reasonably predict your upcoming expenses. It is necessary so that you do not run out of funds in the middle of the project to keep within budget.
You need to possess the ability to schedule funding and work economically and efficiently. Once you have these skills, the design as well as the financing to get your Pergola, Verandah or Decking job done, you then need to schedule your planned works.
For many, while an initially attractive option, hiring a professional is often cheaper and usually provides for a more professional (and longer lasting) completed job.
Timber Decking Now can save you time on designing and planning your project and can work with you to get your project completed on time and to an agreed to budget. We are one of the best Timber Deck Builders in Melbourne, so, you are in safe hands.
If you are in doubt, be it material selection or required steps to get your project done, seek professional advice. You are welcome to contact us for free advice on your project, even if you do then decide to build it yourself.
Our experts at Timber Decking Now have 14 years of experience installing Composite Decking, Merbau Decks, Custom Carports, Verandahs & Pool Decks.
You can stop by our office at 31 Sydney Road, Bayswater, 3153 or call us on 0418-584-291. We look forward to working with you!
Leafy Heathmont in MELBOURNE was the location Melbourne Deck Builders, TIMBER DECKING NOW was called in 2007 to construct this wrap around deck and verandah.
There was no existing structure to demolish or alter, this was a straightforward addition in an overgrown garden. The owner cleared away the vegetation and trimmed the tree branches back to give the team a clear work site to work in.
As with many of these older weatherboard homes, compromises had to be made with floor levels being a little out of "flat and true!"
However, these minute compromises did not affect the integrity nor the ascetics of the finished product.
There was once an old deck in Blackburn North that had seen much better days. It was tired and the timbers were rotting away.
The owners decided to get a few quotes and do something about replacing it.
Timber Decking Now won the project and began by demolishing the old deck, which was half the size of the replacement.
The owners also added a Verandah into the mix, thereby getting year round use and enjoyment from their investment.
Merbau decking, stainless steel wire inserts on the handrails, new steps, a Laserlite roof and matching colourbond gutters and caps completed the scene. All that was left to do was the paint job and the surrounding garden.
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