Should I paint over my worn timber decking?
Painting over worn out timber decking is certainly tempting – a quick fix to get you through another season. But should you paint over worn out timber decking? It’s not a good idea.
Why you shouldn’t paint over a worn out deck
Decking that is worn and flaking is unattractive, but it is giving you warning signs. If the flaking extends to the wood, or the wood has become spongey, it means it is rotting and on its last legs. Painting the deck to look better doesn’t stop the wood from deteriorating; it only hides the inevitable a little longer.
Ignoring these warning signs might save you some cash in the short term as you put off replacing the deck, but you could end up paying a much dearer price. Worn decking around a home or public pool could give way, causing grave injury to your family or patrons – not to mention the possibility of lawsuits as a result of those or even less serious injuries.
What are your other options?
One option is to replace your deck with new timber. Should you choose this option, you will have a lovely deck no doubt, but you will also be subject to the maintenance it requires, and inevitably the same issues you face today. As with your current deck, a new timber deck is going to wear over time, requiring repairs or replacement to keep it safe and looking good.
A better option you may want to consider is instead replacing the deck with composite timber decking. These decks are beautiful, easy to maintain, and last a very long time. Composite timber decking is perfect for home and commercial use. Al fresco areas become lovely, functional and easy to maintain when made from this special decking. Some of its many benefits include:
Easy Maintenance – Your timber composite deck will not require sanding, oiling or painting like wood does.
Looks Like Wood – No one will know that your deck is timber composite because quality composites are virtually identical to the look and feel of real wood – from the colouring to the grooves.
Resistant to Pests – You will not have to worry about insects or termites eating away and destroying your deck.
Protected Against Moisture – You will not have to worry about rain, spills or pool moisture warping your deck. Your timber composite will be fully capped for Ultra Protection against moisture.
UV Protection – Your deck will be UV protected, so there will not be any fading from sun exposure.
Eco- Friendly Materials – You can feel good about the decking, which is made from 95% recycled materials. This includes reclaimed wood fibres and high-grade recycled plastics.
Rated for BAL 29 Areas – If you live in a bush fire area, you can take comfort in knowing that your timber composite deck is rated for BAL 29 areas.
25 Years Worry-Free – If you go with NewTechWood composite decking, you it will come with a 25-year warranty. This is an incredible guarantee.
Your deck or fresco area is meant to be for enjoying, not spending hours on end maintaining. So before you decide to put a coat of paint on your worn or chipping deck, take a look at timber composite decking. As with other products, seeing is believing and these are worth seeing!
If you’re interested in upgrading your decking for the coming summer, you can also avail of our Spring/Summer 2016 decking offer – where you’ll receive a free grow wall or outdoor umbrella voucher depending on your project size. For more information, or to find a supplier near you, just get in touch with us!