Simply since Sydney’s heading into its cooler months does not imply you have to deny yourself of your outdoor entertainment area.
Below are a few tips for remodeling and looking after your timber deck for winter that we’re anticipating implementing (and delighting in!) over the next couple of months.
1. Tidy up:
First things first– you’re going to want to get the wood back into good shape before you do anything else– the winter weather can be harsh and you’ll want to shield the timber as best you can before it’s far too late. Clear the space– put away furnishings, toys and plants. If something is too heavy to shift (such as a barbecue), move it to one corner of the deck. Then you’ll have to clean– while a power wash may look like the most effective option, it has the effect of potentially harming the wood. Instead, get a deck cleaning solution and clean it manually.
2. Inspect for damage:
After cleaning, take a look at the wood up close– are there any signs of wood damage? Is the stain fading? Is the paint peeling off or breaking? If the answer to any of the prior questions is yes, you will need to look at either replacing part of the deck, or repainting/staining while the deck is clean.
3. Finish it off:
Once you have actually repainted or stained the deck (or if you’ve assessed that the deck needs neither), you must think about applying a coat of water repellent as the last layer of protection. A water repellent will extend the life of your deck over the long term, and if you’re using your deck on a regular basis, this will be an essential step to think about.
4. Get an outdoor fireplace:
The main reason Sydneysiders do not like being outdoors throughout winter is because, well, it’s very cold. Setting up an outdoor fireplace will nip that issue in the bud, all while making the deck that a lot more visually pleasing for you and your visitors.
5. Winter blooms:
A great deal of people do not like winter for the absence of blooms readily available, but if you grow pansies or violas, you’ll have a solid dash of color all winter long.
6. Light it up:
Though many feel they ought to be reserved for Christmas time, we feel that a string of white LED lights can brighten up any deck or outdoor patio and makes the area more cheery.
7. Trim and tidy:
Eliminate dead annuals from containers or flower beds around the deck. If you have any perennials, take this time to trim them down to their suggested height and clean up the dead leaves around them.
8. Keep it evergreen:
For those searching for a little less upkeep in the long run, plant some evergreens– climbers, in particular, are our favorites, especially for smaller spaces. Our favorites are the stephanotis, star jasmine and coral pea.