There is a common misconception
that new timber decking needs to be coated immediately—this is 100% incorrect.
New timber is full of tannins and oils, which need to be removed from the
surface before any decking oil or stain can be applied. If not properly removed
from the timber, tannins and oils can cause a patchy appearance and will
compromise the longevity of a coating by affecting its absorption and adhesion
to the timber. There are 2 options here. You can just let it naturally weather
over a period or there are some preparatory products available that can speed
this process up. We can help with this during the quote.
It is highly recommended with the often brutal
outdoor conditions in our region that if you have a stained deck that you get
at least one coat of stain into it every 12 months—more if possible. If this is
neglected and the timber starts to go grey, it can get extremely hard to
restore it to its former glory.