How to Keep Your Wood Deck Looking New

Posted on April 19th, 2016

The first wall of protection to incorporate is deck coating. Your backyard wooden deck may have come protected or was sprayed when it was installed, but it needs to be coated on a regular basis if you want it to stay looking new for years to come. Use a high quality decking oil to slow down the greying process that wood naturally goes through. Choose an oil that has transparent oxides in it and that features a high solids content for the best results.



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Make Use of Rugs
Consider covering up some of your deck’s surface with outdoor rugs designed to hold up to hot, cold, and rainy weather. This not only protects the deck and keeps it in like-new condition, but it gives the space a homey feel that makes it more comfortable to enjoy when it’s especially cold outside. Outdoor rugs can make your wooden deck feel more like a home extension that a separate outdoor area. If you want to keep things natural, use rugs that look like grass, sand, or pebbles. For an indoor look and feel, go for rugs that are made of synthetic materials such as polypropylene, acrylic, or nylon.
Plan for Harsh Weather

Planning for harsh weather will ensure that you can enjoy your outdoor wooden deck year-round, rain or shine. One great way to keep the space cozy in harsh weather is to build a canopy over it. Simply set up a metal canopy that comes with a vinyl top, or build the base out of wood and use shingles, stained glass, or corrugated roofing to top it off.

You can also screen in the wooden deck to keep strong winds and rain from infiltrating the space. If you want to keep bright sunshine out of the space, hang bamboo mats along the edges of your canopy so they hang like walls and can be rolled up when they aren’t needed.



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These tips and tricks should help you get the most out of your outdoor space and ensure that your wooden deck stays looking sparkling new indefinitely.

Pedestal Systems for Elevated Decks

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Whilst interlocking tiles are a great way to quickly cover a rooftop, especially where permanent structural components are not permitted, the fact that they are placed directly over the top of the existing surface, means there will generally be a slight slope towards the drainage point.

So what if you want the surface to be perfectly level?

The most common way of achieving this is to use an adjustable pedestal system in conjunction with structural pavers. The pedestals are placed under each corner of the paver and are adjusted in height by screwing the pedestal up or down to the precise height required. Adjustable pedestals range in height from approximately 3/4″ up to several feet high, so can not only be used to simply compensate for a slightly sloping surface, but also can be used to completely lift the elevated deck surface above pipes or other service ducts. And since the pavers are not permanently fixed to the surface, they can be lifted up at any time to inspect either the service pipes or ducts or the waterproof membrane on the rooftop.

Adjustable pedestals have a large circular base which spreads the load and ensures that the existing waterproof membrane is not damaged. Inbuilt spacers on the head of the pedestals allows the pavers to be positioned with precise gaps between each paver.

HandyDeck supplies both structural porcelain pavers and structural Ipe wood pavers and also the complete pedestal system. The 2′ x 2′ porcelain pavers are not only strong and durable, but are stain resistant, frost resistant, fade resistant and low maintenance.

For more information about pedestal decking systems and our range of structural pavers, call 866 206 8316.