Decking FAQ'S & Advice 

Melbourne’s Bayside, Eastern Suburbs & Mornington Peninsula

How often should my timber decking be recoated?

As a general best practice your deck will require 2 coats applied at least every year over a 5-6 year period and preferably done so either prior to winter or summer.

​How often should my decking be cleaned?

Your decking should be hosed off every 2 weeks followed by a detailed chemical deck scrub & lite pressure clean every 2-3 months, decking around a pool should always be hosed down after the pool has been used.

​What's the best coating product to use on my decking?

The vast majority of mainstream decking products in market today are very good, however it should be considered that all decking surfaces wear differently depending on exposure to sunlight & rain, how the deck drains surface water, susceptibility to mould, damp, timber age and condition of the timber.

​What is the difference between deck resealing / recoating vs deck resurfacing?

Deck resealing / recoating is rejuvenating the appearance of your current decking surface coating, deck resurfacing is the chemical and sanding removal of all previous coating material followed by the application decking oil, stain or paint.

 

I’m confused, what is the difference between water based synthetic oils, solvent based oils and deck stains?

Yes, it’s confusing but ultimately it’s about desired outcomes and the best outcome for your situation.

Water based synthetic oils generally protect the decking surface via adhesion to the timber surface, water based synthetic oils are highly durable and are colour pigment tinted so as to allow for the natural colours of the decking timber to remain present.

Solvent based oils in the main protect the decking surface by penetrating and being absorbed into the timber, solvent based oils are less durable and require more regular maintenance, mostly due to UV exposure, while solvent products have tints they generally allow for a more natural timber appearance than water based products with the outcome highly dependent on the quality and age of the decking timber.

Decking Stains are generally for application to aged or neutral timber decking surfaces i.e pine. Stains consist of heavier paint weighting so they are more durable and require less maintenance than tinted products; the core premise for using decking stains is to change the colour appearance of timbers where the timber has lost its natural colour or is neutral

 

I like the coastal grey look, it’s all the rage at the moment, can I leave my deck unsealed / uncoated?

Only ever do this if you enjoy the prospect of having to replace rotten and damaged deck timber every few years, ultimately leading to full deck replacement or you have informed the person building your deck of your intention to leave it untreated. A quality deck builder will be able to guide you on the correct timber, fixings and gapping required facilitating this & explaining the draw backs.

When can I walk on my deck after it's been coated?

Always allow up to 48 hours of no foot traffic, and up to 3-5 days before walking on with shoes, do not place outdoor furniture on the surface for at least 7 - 10 days.

​My deck isn't looking very good, it pools a bit of water, some of the boards are cracking and some have cupped, can my deck just be recoated?

Ultimately a problem may not be fixed unless what is causing the issue is rectified & those issues could be as simple as the timber being neglected and left unsealed, too being as serious as frame and footing issues. 

 

Will you do the job for less if I offer you cash and a few slabs?

No!, Deck Revival is not "Con or Dazza's U Beaut Deck Fixer / Snake Oil Business", we hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible levels of workmanship and business ethics.

Are you and or your business insured?

Yes with Imar Trade Insurance covering personal injury & public liability to $22 Million, as YOU technically become a tradesperson's employer you should be aware of what the ramifications are if a tradesperson with no insurance damages your property or injures themselves while working on your property.