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Sprucing Up Your Garden Decking

The days are getting longer, the sun has finally emerged, and the warmer weather means that it's finally time to start making the most of your garden again. For many people, that now means it's the season for getting back out into the garden to tackle those DIY tasks you've been avoiding all winter. Luckily, if your decking is looking a little bit tired, there are some really simple steps that you can take to spruce it up to leave it looking stunning for the summer season.

Pop On A Fresh Coat Of Wood Stain

One of the most simple but effective ways to give your decking a fresh new look is to give it a brand new coat of wood stain. Remember, there are a couple of steps you might want to think about before you start the process, especially if your decking is looking a little worn and you haven't treated it for a few years.

If your deck has previously been stained, you'll need to consider whether to remove the old stain. A good test to see whether it's worth stripping your deck before re-staining it is to make a small incision in the paint using a sharp blade. Stick a small patch of duct tape over the cut that you've made and pull it off. If little chips of the previous coat of wood stain come away on your tape, then it's worthwhile stripping down the deck before you apply another coat. The best approach is to sand and then power-wash your deck if you can, as you'll create a clean, flat surface to help your fresh wood stain to adhere properly.

Include Wooden Planters, Pergolas or Trellis To Show Off Your Floral Display

Pretty planters can have a huge visual impact when it comes to dressing up your decking. Even with a small budget, you can find gorgeous flowers, vegetables and herbs that will grow well in planters, or along a trellis. If you've opted for wooden fittings, you could choose a wood paint in natural colours, like oak and pine, or opt for some of the more vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange wood paint, to make the whole area pop with colour.

If you're picking a bold colour for your woodwork, you might want to consider using primers and undercoats to make sure your paintwork really stands out. Primers help to prepare the wood and make sure that layers of paint will adhere correctly. The undercoat forms a colour-neutral base, so if your woodwork has been painted before, make use of an undercoat to give you a clean base to start from.

Add Some Stylish Garden Furniture

There are lots of choices for garden furniture. Plastic is, of course, one of the most popular, but if you want to up your decking game and give it a whole new sophisticated look, you could consider wrought iron, steel, aluminium or even classic timber furniture.

Although wood furniture has a reputation as needing maintenance, there are lots of woods that are actually remarkably hardy and long-lasting. Take teak, for example. The natural oils present in the wood keep it well protected against the elements, and mean it needs hardly any maintenance. Even if you opt for a softer wood, you can still keep it looking great with some very simple woodcare products; you'll just need to sand it and apply a protective coat every couple of years to keep it looking its best and guard against the impacts of moisture and sunlight.

add a layer of protection

If you don't want to completely overhaul the paintwork on your decking, there are still some really useful ways that you can make sure that it stays looking great for years to come. Sadolin products are some of the best in the business, and their Decking Stain and Protector is super quick and easy to apply. Just apply one or two coats across your deck, for long-lasting protection. A layer will be touch dry in less than four hours and works hard to protect your deck from weather damage and mould.