Decks are a major investment and maintenance is critical.

I am often asked which is better – water or oil based coatings? I have seen great results with both and it is personal choice as to which way you go.

The build up of dirt, moss, mould and lichens all speed up timber degradation, regular cleaning will even help reduce damage.

Finished deck after washing and oiling.

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New spotted gum going in.
Spotted Gum oiled
Coats of water based deck finish in Natural on Spotted Gum.
pine deck

An example of degradation in treated pine decking in the Adelaide Hills. Regular oiling would have slowed the end grain rot. This area of the deck is unstable and needs replacing.

Treated pine steps after sanding and initial application of Cabots New Jarrah going on.
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Deck has been cleaned and is ready for coating. After a good pressure clean the loose and flaking coating was removed leaving a clean stable surface to coat.
Deck just after 2 coats of Cabot’s New Jarrah water based deck oil.
Before Modification.
Timber care
New Step finished.