Following cleaning your wooden decking, you will want it to thoroughly dry your deck prior to applying a sealant on it.

Be mindful to not wait too long, otherwise your deck will get dirty again. Determine if it will need to be sealed by sprinkling a few drops on the wood itself – if the water doesn’t form beads and soaks into the wood, it will require a seal.

You may want to consult a paint supplier or other expert in order to determine which seal is the most appropriate for your selected wood. The sealant should contain either paraffin or oil to prevent moisture soaking into the wood and ruining it. It is also beneficial for it to contain UV blockers or a colour pigment which can help keep your deck from turning grey.

If your home is susceptible to wood-eating insects, check for a finish that has insecticide.

The best way of applying a seal is to use either a brush, paint roller or pump-type sprayer. Make sure you check that the colour is being applied evenly across the deck.

If you opt for paint, use an oil that blocks stains or alkyd primer initially.

Typically, the best finishes are the ones that soak into the wood, rather than those that produce a film-like surface. Heavily pigmented, solid stains are not recommended for decking as it shows wear patterns and tends to peel.

The below characteristics are what you will want to look out for when looking for a finish:

  • Something that offers UV protection
  • Something that is water repellent or waterproof and not just water resistant
  • Something that contains mildewcide (if mildew is a possible problem)
  • Ensure that you read the labelling to ensure what is right for your deck.

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