Brisbane’s alternating sunny and rainy weather can take a toll on your timber deck over time. Though certain natural timber or pressure-treated timber have been specially chosen for decking material due to their resistance to insects and their solid traits, UV rays and moisture can gradually erode any type of wood over time. Timber if left unfinished without proper sanding or proper coating can be vulnerable to the elements, and the damage done by moisture and the sun is almost always irreversible. That’s why you should call Floor, the Brisbane deck sanding experts today.
Because it is either sunny or raining in Brisbane, timber decks built in Brisbane are under the threat of a damaging heat and moisture cycle. When it rains, what generally happens is unprotected wood fibers absorb moisture like water moves through a straw. Once the moisture level has reached a saturation point and the wood fibers still are exposed to more moisture, the extra moisture exposure can lead to oversaturation and if left too long can result in easy decay of the fibers. Too much moisture without protection can lead to rot and decay of your decking timber.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays kill what is called the lignin or the naturally occurring product that binds the cells of wood fibers together. The death of the lignin weakens the timber and makes it susceptible to damage and colour fading.
Another factor in adding to the wear and tear of your deck are heavy deck furniture or full planters. If you are almost always on your deck like most Brisbane citizens, the heavy traffic pressure can wear down the protective finish. Rocks and dirt can get rubbed into the wood from foot traffic resulting in gouges and unsightly scratches in the decking floor.
What can be done to fully restore and protect the timber used for your deck? A good sanding and proper refinishing of your deck can preserve and safeguard it from the negative effects of exposure to the sun and rain. Your expert deck doctors – Floor Deck Sanding Brisbane – can help resurrect the life of your deck with their professional sanding and refinishing services.
What is involved in deck sanding? Before any sanding is done, important prep work must be done first. The deck is cleaned by sweeping away debris that has accumulated on the deck. Dirt, pebbles, and leaves that are stuck in between the deck planks are removed. Rinsing the deck removes the fine dust and dirt on the surface of the deck. The deck is then left to dry completely before the sanding begins. Though some people believe that the old finish can be best removed by using chemical strippers, sanding the old finish away is a better guarantee of really taking out stains or other types of finishes that have penetrated the wood.
Professionals generally use a belt sander, orbital sander, or a small detail sander to sand the floor surface of the deck, the railings, and hard-to-access areas. They will work their way from one end of the deck to the other, sanding with the grain of the wood. Of course, people who do this job must wear safety gear like a breathing mask, goggles, gloves, noise reduction ear muffs or earplugs, and knee pads. Because sanding removes and throws in the air the dust from the old finish or dust from chemically-treated wood, it’s imperative that people don’t breathe those particles in by wearing a protective mask.
Coarse grit sandpaper, medium coarse grit, and then fine grit sandpaper is used for three passes over the whole deck. The railings are usually done with only two passes using a medium and a fine grit sandpaper as they don’t get as damaged as the walked-on deck flooring. The deck is then swept or vacuumed for a final time and may even be rinsed and dried.
After the sanding process, the chosen protective finish is applied to the deck as directed by the manufacturer of the finish. Oil-based finishes do penetrate further and are better shields from moisture and the sun’s rays. If you want something non toxic and east to maintain, then burnishing oil is for you. Today’s finishes sold in the floor and decking industry are now engineered for better UV and moisture protection which is great news for deck owners in Brisbane and in the surrounding areas.
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