Simply due to the fact that Sydney’s going into its cooler months does not imply you need to deny yourself of your outdoor entertainment location.
Below are a few pointers for remodeling and looking after your wood deck for winter that we’re looking forward to carrying out (and taking pleasure in!) over the next few months.
1. Clean Up:
First things first– you’re going to want to get the wood back into tip-top 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 remove (such as a barbecue), move it to one corner of the deck. Then you’ll need to clean– while a power wash might look like the most efficient choice, it has the consequence of potentially damaging the wood. Rather, get a deck cleaning solution and clean it manually.
2. Examine for damage:
After cleaning, take a look at the wood up close– are there any indications of wood damage? Is the stain fading? Is the paint peeling or chipping? If the answer to any of the prior questions is yes, you will have to take a look at either replacing part of the deck, or repainting/staining while the deck is clean.
3. Finish it off:
As soon as you have actually repainted or stained the deck (or if you’ve examined that the deck needs neither), you need to think about using 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 a crucial step to think about.
4. Get an outdoor fireplace:
The main reason Sydneysiders don’t like being outdoors during winter is because, well, it’s really cold. Setting up an outdoor fireplace will nip that problem in the bud, all while making the deck that a lot more aesthetically pleasing for you and your visitors.
5. Winter blooms:
A great deal of people do not like winter for the lack of blooms available, however if you plant pansies or violas, you’ll have a strong dash of color all winter long.
6. Light it up:
Though many feel they need to be reserved for Christmas time, we feel that a string of white LED lights can cheer up any deck or outdoor patio and makes the area more uplifting.
7. Trim and tidy:
Get rid of dead annuals from containers or flower beds around the deck. If you have any perennials, take this time to trim them down to their recommended height and tidy 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 sized spaces. Our favorites are the stephanotis, star jasmine and coral pea.