Garden Decking Care and Maintenance

Garden Decking Care and Maintenance

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014


With summer finally beginning to make an appearance, chances are that we can begin spending more time in the outdoors and make the most of the British summer. Decking offers a fantastic foundation for your outdoor space, providing you with an attractive, resilient area to relax with friends, family and fantastic food.

New vs. Old

Although new decking offers a fresh and exiting appearance, in some cases any existing decking can be rescued and brought back to its former glory. Whether you purchase new decking or revive an older installation, it’s essential to provide your decking with the necessary protection against all the elements. A high quality wood cleaner from a reputable manufacturer can also work wonders in giving you the blank canvas required to invigorate any existing decking that you currently have installed.

Featured Product: Owatrol - Net-Trol

Net-Trol from Owatrol is one of our most popular wood cleaning products. Lightening and restoring colour to greyed and weathered wood, net-trol is a non-aggressive, plant friendly cleaner available in a range of sizes. Purchase Net-Trol from Owatrol from Duffield Timber today.

  • Price: £14.46 ex. VAT
  • Pros: Plant friendly, fast acting, multi-purpose cleaner
  • Cons: Requires rinse and scrub 

Wood Care and Finishing Products

In order to get the most out of your decking, new or old, it’s highly recommended that you apply a quality finishing product. With such a wide variety of products available, there is ample choice when it comes to a particular stain finish or oil, which will offer complete protection to your fresh decking.

The main problems you may encounter with your decking are discolouration, flaking and cracking. Due to the varying weather conditions in the UK, these problems are tricky to predict, but surprisingly easy to prevent with the right decking protecting products applied.

A quality wood care product will prevent flaking and cracks, whilst also providing essential UV protection for your decking installation. These should be applied as often as necessary in order to extend the lifespan of your wood as much as possible.

Featured Product: Owatrol - Textrol

Perhaps the finest wood protector on the market, Textrol from Owatrol has been especially developed for weathered wood. Penetrating and protecting from within the wood, Textrol prevents cracks, peeling and UV damage. Owatrol Textrol is available from Duffield Timber for a great price.

  • Price: £22.70 ex VAT
  • Pros: One coat maintenance, non-form filing, especially for weathered wood
  • Cons: None!