24 Jan Deck Care Tips for the Scorching Summer Months in the Western Cape
As the Western Cape experiences the traditional descent of extreme heat and dry South Easter winds, it’s crucial to pay extra attention to the care of your deck over the next few weeks. The rapid drying of timber under these conditions poses potential risks such as shrinking, warping, twisting, cupping, and even splintering in undernourished wood. If you’re curious about why timber warps and how to prevent it, check out our informative article.
To safeguard your hardwood decks during these challenging months, it’s crucial to secure them firmly at prescribed intervals. Proper installation helps minimise movement, reducing the risk of warping and other structural issues. Ensuring that your deck is well-supported and stable in the face of extreme weather conditions is a proactive measure that pays off in the long run.
Additionally, consider giving your deck a seasonal oil treatment. This extra layer of protection helps the wood acclimatise to the upcoming hot months. The oil not only nourishes the timber but also acts as a barrier against the harsh effects of excessive heat and drying winds. Regular maintenance, including oiling, becomes paramount in extending the life and aesthetic appeal of your deck.
For those exceptionally scorching days, here’s a top tip: use a hose to lightly water down your deck and vigorously brush it with an outdoor broom. This helps cool down the wood and remove any accumulated debris, ensuring the longevity of your deck.
As you embark on deck care this summer, keep in mind that these proactive measures contribute to the long-term health of your outdoor space. Whether you’re enjoying a quiet moment or hosting a lively gathering, a well-maintained deck enhances the overall look and experience of your outdoor space.
Wishing you all a delightful and stress-free summer filled with enjoyable moments on your well-maintained deck!
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