4 Ways to Revamp Your Garden Decking
Decking has always been a cost-effective – and, of course, highly attractive – way to create a patio area within a garden.
This is exactly why so many of us have chosen to create decked areas.
The popularity of decking went through the roof back in the 1990s, thanks to the hit TV show, Ground Force. Most of their garden transformations included some form of decking. Sales of water features probably soared, too!
One of the problems with decking, however, is that it is not a surface that is completely maintenance-free.
In order to keep your decking looking at its best, you’ll need to be giving it a bit of TLC a couple of times a year.
Another issue many decking owners have is that often, and particularly during the winter, the surface can become very slippery, and sometimes quite dangerous.
The potential for slips can be minimised by keeping on top of your decking maintenance.
If you are looking for ideas to give your, perhaps slightly tired looking, deck a revamp – or even a complete facelift – then you’ve come to right place.
In today’s blog post, we are looking at 4 ways to revamp your decking to give it a new lease of life, so let’s begin!
1. Clean the Boards
It’s recommended that you give your decking a good clean twice a year, once in the springtime, to prepare it for the summer months, and again in the autumn, in preparation for winter.
The quickest and easiest way to clean decking is using a jet wash.
You’ll need to take care, though, that you don’t have the power setting too high, or you run the risk of the boards splintering.
An alternative method is to use a stiff broom and scrub the boards using washing up liquid. While this tends to require a little more elbow grease, the results will be worth it, as you’ll be rewarded with gleaming as-new decking boards.
2. Treat or Stain the Boards
If your decking boards are looking a little the worse for wear from a few years’ exposure to the outdoor elements, then it may be time to give them a facelift.
This can be done using either a clear treatment or by adding some colour.
Prior to applying a stain or oil, it is important to ensure that the boards have been thoroughly cleaned, using either a jet wash or a scrubbing brush.
You’ll also want to keep an eye on the weather forecast, as you’ll need to make sure that the boards are completely dry before applying any form of treatment.
It is best to leave the boards for a minimum of 48 hours to ensure that they have dried out sufficiently, especially if you used a jet wash to clean them, as the water can penetrate deep into the surface of the timber.
To treat your decking, you’ll need some combination of brushes, rollers or paint pads, or you could even use a spray gun. While these can sometimes make quite a bit of mess if you are not careful with them, they will provide the quickest results. You may also need masking tape, to keep the stain where you want it.
Always read the instructions on your chosen stain or oil and follow them to the letter to ensure you achieve the best finish possible. Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions and always wear protective clothing and gloves. If you are using a paint sprayer, you should always wear safety goggles and a dust mask.
3. Install New Boards
If your decking has been down for a long time and you feel that staining or treating the boards is unlikely to get the desired results, then you could consider replacing the boards entirely.
Softwood decking boards can be sourced at fairly low prices. If the framework below is still structurally sound, then replacing the boards will be a quick and easy job that will give your deck a brand-new look and feel.
In recent times, composite plastic decking has surged in popularity, largely due to its long-lasting nature.
Many manufacturers are offering lifetime guarantees against it rotting.
Composite decking tends to be less slippery, too.
But, of course, it does come at a premium and you can generally expect to pay around five times the cost of softwood decking boards.
However, the low levels of maintenance required, coupled with a far longer lifespan, mean it is certainly worth considering if you intend to keep your deck for the long term.
4. Install Artificial Grass on to Your Decking
If the boards on your decking are starting to look a little the worse for wear and you’d like to give it a dramatic facelift, why not install artificial grass directly on to your decking?
Doing so will add more green to your garden and create an additional point of interest.
One of the best things about installing fake grass onto decking is that it provides a non-slip surface.
A big problem, particularly with softwood decking, is that it can be slippery to walk on when wet. The problem can be even worse in damp areas of your garden, and it is even possible for moss to grow on decking.
This can make decking dangerous to walk on and the chance of slipping can be high.
Artificial grass would take away the risk of injury.
It is also very low maintenance and will prolong the lifespan of your decking.
It is very quick and easy to install, as there is no ground preparation work involved. Prior to installing fake turf, it is highly recommended that you check to ensure your decking is structurally sound and make any repairs that may be necessary.
The stability of the turf will only be as sound as the decking below.
Artificial grass can be easily secured to decking using either nails or artificial grass adhesive.
It is also highly recommended that you install a foam shockpad, as it will prevent any ridges in your decking boards from being visible through the AstroTurf. It will give the grass a soft feel underfoot, too.
Why not request your free NeoGrass samples today and see for yourself just how amazing artificial grass looks and feels?
Decked areas add interesting features to any garden, large or small.
They are perfect places for relaxing or entertaining guests during warm summer nights.
But decking needs plenty of care and attention to prolong its lifespan and ensure it remains looking at its best.
We hope the ideas in our article have inspired you to give your decking a facelift and, of course, if you are considering installing fake grass on to your deck, that’s certainly something we can help you with!
Installing artificial grass on to decking is straightforward, even for DIYers, but should you wish for a professional to carry out the installation, we can help there, too.
Just contact your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer, who’ll visit your garden and provide you with a free installation quote.