Your outdoor decking is a beautiful to your home, it provides an exclusive alfresco-like resting area for your family and you. Hence, maintaining regularly to make your decking last for a longer period of time is a requirement for you. Generally, there are types of decking commonly found in Singapore homes. They are wood plastic composite decking as well as natural wood decking. Here's the steps.
Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Decking
Often, composite decking is marketed as a outdoor decking material that requires little or zero maintenance; however, this is not the case. Composite decking do require some basic maintenance.
Cleaning off the Dirt Regularly
Use a strong hose to clean off the dirt on the decking such as the sand particles, soil, and leaves particles. Do not leave any debris, litter or leaves on the deck as it may cause mould or mildew to occur which may result in slippery decks.
Due to the composite mixture of wood and plastic contents in a wpc decking, stains may not be easily removed. Hence, whenever there is a spill or soil stain, so quickly remove the stain with a clean cloth and warm water. If the stain were to remain stubborn on the decking, try to remove it using recommended composite decking cleaning solution which you could find in most DIY stores. Try not to use bleach to clean off the stain as it may lighten the tonality of your wpc deck , thereby causing discoloration on the overall.
Bending & Warping
Under extreme and prolonged exposure sunlight and temperature changes, WPC decking may tend to bend or burge as a result. Hence for such cases, prevention is also better than care. Choose good quality wpc decking material, get quality installation of the decks from a reliable contractor and if need be, put shelter above the decks to prevent it from the strong sunlight.
Natural Wood Decking
Good quality wood decking. coupled with regular maintenance, can last you for a long period of time. Here are some of the tips.
It is the home owner's responsibility to clean off the dirt, sand, soil or algae away from the wood deck regularly with water as well as recommended deck cleaning products, that can be found widely in majoy DIY stores. In this way, mould and mildew growth will be kept at minimal.
Apply Decking Oil
Apply recommended decking oil once every 6 to 12 months so as to keep the wood decking in pristine condition and extending its life. This is because under strong UV rays may tend to break down the wood cells on the wood surfaces causing it to be too dry on the surface. Hence it is always good to apply decking oil to your wood decking.
One great benefit of natural wood decking is home owners can give the decking a fresh new look or a new coat of paint even after many years or so. This is the reason why investing in wood decking is worthwhile, homeowners can enjoy the luxury of wood for a lifetime.
Use of Good Quality Decking Materials
This applies to both wpc and wood decks, it is always best to use good quality decking material for your outdoor balcony; make sure that you have a good period of warranty years for the product by the manufacturer, the credibility of the flooring contactor is equally important as it determines a strong after-sales service for your deck.
Evorich Holdings, is one of the most reputable flooring contractors in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. Providing the end user with supply and installation of quality laminate flooring, high end resilient flooring, engineered wood flooring, timber flooring, indoor and outdoor decking.
Evorich Holdings is also a member of National Wood Flooring Association and a strong advocate for introducing Eco green flooring into the building and construction industry worldwide. Moreover, Evorich Holdings has recently been awarded as one of the Promising SME 500 awards in Singapore & is the first flooring contractor in Singapore to win the Spirit of Enterprise Award 2011. Evorich has also recently been awarded the Orchid Trusted Brands 2012 for quality customer services in Singapore.