Five Steps to Reviving a Tired Timber Deck

Don’t replace your tired deck, rescue it by following five steps to deck revival.

If your deck is in disrepair, follow these simple steps to restoring it to be enjoyed for years to come. For best results, choose a warm, dry spell to undergo your timber restoration.

1. Assess the deck

First, check that the deck is structurally sound. Look out for loose, damaged, split, warped or rotten boards and make a list of what needs replacing before heading to your local hardware.

Top tip: Be sure to include balustrades and steps in your pre-timber repair assessment.

2. Replace damaged boards

When replacing boards, it is important to use the same wood profile. Directly replacing old decking boards with the odd new one can look unsightly, so it might make sense to move the boards around. Replacing visible boards with existing boards on the outside of the deck and laying new boards at the edge can make a difference to the finished effect.

Top tip: Remember to use decking-specific nails to avoid timber splitting in wood repair.

3. Clean the decking

Give the deck a good once over with a broom then follow up with a clean.

To remove grease and grime use the biodegradable cleaner Cutek Quickclean.  A deep clean may also be necessary in preparation for oiling. Cutek Proclean is a professional grade wood restoration product that will remove stubborn stains and address oxidization to restore wood to look like new.

Top tip: Visit cutek.com.au to identify the right cleaning solution for your project using the product finder.

4. Strip the decking

It may also be necessary to sand or strip the deck to remove all existing wood coatings to allow the deep penetration of Cutek to ensure that the wood is prepared right back to the raw material.

Cutek CD33 Naked is a safe, mild and effective coating and paint stripper. It is suitable for removing multiple layers of wood coatings such as latex paints, stains, varnishes, linseed oils, acrylics and other film forming coatings.

It’s the smart alternative to conventional strippers that use dangerous chemicals.

5. Apply deck oil

High quality oil will ensure that your deck is fully restored to its former glory. What’s is best is the Cutek oil will also protect the deck from the inside and out. Your tired deck may need up to 3 coats to achieve the desired look.

You may consider adding a colourtone to clear oil. There are 10 different tones available from Cutek, each has been specifically developed to closely match popular wood species. Adding a colourtone is highly recommended for decks that were in bad disrepair with several boards replaced.

Top tip: Where possible, each coat is best applied at the same time to allow it to dry evenly.

How long it takes for timber deck restoration depends on its initial state. Once you’ve assessed the work involved and sourced your materials it could be possible to get the majority of your makeover finished in a day. However, you may find you need to apply second or third coats of deck oil on subsequent days.

Talk to us about how Cutek’s range of cleaning products and protective oils can help you to revive your tired deck in time for Summer.

 

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Around the bend: How to avoid timber warping

Wood brings genuine class and natural durability to any building project. However, there’s one thing that builders and homeowners dread: timber warping.

Here’s a simple rundown of what causes wood warping, twisting and splitting – and how you can minimise the risks.

What is timber warping?

It’s when flat or straight wood changes shape – ranging from subtle twists to timber bending along the entire panel. Because it affects a building’s structural integrity, warping isn’t just an aesthetic problem: it can be downright dangerous.

What causes it?

It’s quite a complex science but, put simply, warping happens when there’s a rapid gain or loss of moisture in the wood.

Wood is a natural, porous material. When it gets wet, it swells. When it dries out, it shrinks. If that happens unevenly, the shape can change. For example, if the sun-facing side of a timber panel dries out faster than the underside, it will shrink faster – causing the panel to bend.

Many factors can influence if, and how much, this happens, such as:

  • The species of wood: some, like Cedar, are more stable and less vulnerable to warping.
  • How and where timber is stored.
  • The environment it’s installed in (eg dry or humid environments can cause warping, causing either moisture loss or absorption).

How to minimise warping

The right oil is a crucial ingredient to keep moisture content consistent in your timber. For example, Cutek oil has been uniquely developed to diffuse very deeply on application. Wood soaks up Cutek just like a sponge – protecting it from the damaging effects of water and significantly extending its dimensional stability and service life.

Here are some other tips to help get “around the bend”.

  • Choose the right timber for the job (eg stability and performance in different conditions).
  • Give your timber time to acclimatise and dry out in a cool, dry, shaded place before installing it.
  • Always store timber in a protected, well-ventilated environment – and strapped into bundles.
  • Avoid long, unsupported spans of wood when building: and ensure it is held firmly into place at appropriate intervals.

Talk to us more about how Cutek oil can protect your timber from warping, cupping and splitting.

 

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4 top tips for winter deck maintenance

Winter brings a hiatus in outdoor entertaining but don’t ignore your trusty timber deck. In fact, it’s the perfect time for decking maintenance so you’re prepared for the onslaught of winter weather – and ready for the return of warmer months!

1. Inspect and rectify

Replace any loose boards and fix protruding nails. If you have potplants on your deck, check the wood underneath – and make sure they’re placed on top of blocks so they don’t trap dirt or moisture on the deck’s surface.

2. Time for a clean slate

Summer sun, spills, barbecues, and foot traffic all leave their mark on your deck. And soon it will face winter chills and rain. (Not to mention year-round bird droppings, which look terrible as well as being acidic: bad news for your timber deck surface.)

It’s important to give your deck a deep clean once a year – and winter is a great window. Cutek’s range of powerful wood cleaning products will restore timber to look like new, while being incredibly easy to use for swimming pool areas, timber cladding, fences and verandas. Safe and easy to use, Cutek cleaners and strippers work magic on stains, oxidisation, grime and grey timber.

3. A winter coat (or recoat)

Decks are particularly vulnerable to the elements – and the dreaded splitting and warping of boards. A vital ingredient for deck care, high-quality oil protection helps your timber decking maintain its great looks, stability and longevity.

Cutek oils penetrate deep into the wood core upon application, protecting it from the damaging effects of water and significantly increasing the life of your deck. You can allow the wood to age gracefully into a beautiful silver patina on exposure to sunlight. Or you can add a colourtone to the clear oil, choosing from 10 options. A winter deck makeover perhaps?

4. Know your stuff

Before cleaning and oiling your deck, do your homework so you do it right. While it can be tempting to launch right in, making sure you use the right products for your wood – and follow the right process – can save time and heartache while getting the best results. The Cutek website makes it easy with ‘how to’ videos to guide you every step of the way.

Talk to us more about how Cutek oil can protect and revive your deck this winter.

 

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Five Australian timbers from our neck of the woods

Why choose Australian timbers for your next project?

To start with, native Australian timbers are beautiful – so they’re fantastic for feature areas such as decking, flooring, cladding, walls and ceilings. Most architects and builders won’t hide our native timbers away but will allow our native species to shine.

Many Australian timbers are hardwoods, and are incredibly durable, so they’ll stand up to repeated use and perform well in weather. Here are a few of our favourite Australian timbers.

Blackbutt

As a class one timber with fantastic durability Blackbutt is a great all-rounder and structural timber option. It’s easy to machine, takes on fixing and is termite and fire resistant. This native hardwood also grows quickly in plantations, meaning regeneration is easy, so it’s a reasonably sustainable choice. Blackbutt responds well to stains and finishes – preserve the beautiful colour with Cutek. We recommend Blackbutt for flooring and decking.

Jarrah

Highly sought-after Jarrah is a premium Australian timber that adds instant style to any space. It offers a beautiful range of colours, with the sapwood a light yellow and the heartwood dark red. This Western Australian timber offers class 2 durability and it has a high resistance to termites, rot and weather. It also offers a high Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating. Jarrah looks best as a feature – use it on floors, decks, balustrades, in furniture, cabinetry or feature cladding.

Myrtle

The cool temperate Tasmanian climate gives us the Myrtle tree, or as it is also known Tasmanian Myrtle, with its rich colours of red and brown. Architects and builders seek out Myrtle for its fine appearance, and the fact it is very easy to work with. While it is a strong timber it’s not as durable over the long-term as other hardwoods. Therefore it’s best suited to use indoors on panelling, joinery, architraves, internal flooring and furniture.

Spotted Gum

Incredibly strong and known for its versatility, Spotted Gum is a favourite for its structural and architectural applications. Boasting a hardness rating of 1 (scale 1-6) and with class 1 durability, you can use Spotted Gum with confidence for claddings, flooring, joinery, decking, fencing, furniture – even on boats, sporting goods and tools, such as axes. Spotted Gum offers a variety of colours from light brown to dark red and interesting grain patterns. With a lower tannin content than other natives, Spotted Gum won’t “bleed” as much, making it ideal for coating and finishing.

Ironbark

An east coast native, Ironbark is as strong as its name suggests. It is of very high density and scores 1 on the hardness scale and 1 in the durability class. As such a strong timber, it’s not as easily workable as alternatives like Spotted Gum and Blackbutt, however you can be assured of its strength and resistance to pests. Ranging in colour from light to dark reddish browns, Ironbark is receptive to stains and has a high natural sheen. Choose Ironbark for a solid deck, fencing, retaining walls, outdoor furniture and landscaping.

Australia is ripe with native woods that are a sustainable, economic and stylish choice for timber construction projects. Add to their natural beauty with a colourtone to retain a freshly oiled look or simply use clear Cutek oil for a natural weather appearance with long term protection from the effects of water.

Talk to us about choosing the right type of Australian timber for your next project.

 

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Video view: the unique way to preserve timber’s style and strength

When it comes to protecting wood, traditional coatings can be a ‘style over substance’ trap. A new video shows how a breakthrough formulation does it differently, preserving timber from the inside out. 

While traditional coatings may look shiny and impressive, the unfortunate truth is their beauty is often only skin deep. And that means high maintenance and big disappointments for design, building and construction professionals and their clients.

Cutek is different. Unlike other oils and coatings, Cutek diffuses deeply into the wood, to repel moisture and maintain the structural integrity of timber. It’s the professional’s choice for long-term dimensional stability.

Do you want to see why water is timber’s natural enemy, why timber is so prone to cracking, splitting, warping and rotting, and how Cutek products can dramatically reduce moisture’s ability to do so much damage?

It takes just over two minutes to discover this and more – watch our new video to see how it works.

Colourful character: clever colourtones for timber

It’s the solution that designers and builders are searching for: colourtones that keep the ‘freshly oiled’ look of timber for longer while letting its natural character shine through.

For many projects, nothing beats timber for adding real warmth, big architectural possibilities and eco-friendly charm. The challenge lies in retaining the ‘new’ look for longer, without masking its coveted natural aesthetic.

Cutek oils and colourtones provide choice: let your timber fade naturally – or delay the process, retaining its colour for longer. Either way, Cutek products inject exceptional, professional-grade wood protection that lasts.

All Cutek oils are sold clear, which allows the wood to age gracefully into a beautiful silver patina. Alternatively, Cutek colourtones delay the process – allowing the knots and markings of timber to show, with a rich colour that has been specially formulated to match a variety of natural shades.

From Burn Red to Grey Mist, our 10 colourtones allow you to maintain close to the original shade of your chosen wood, or build colour to completely change the tone for a unique style.

For horizontal walk-on surfaces such as decking, we recommend using a colourtone that is the closet match to the wood. For cladding and screening, a much higher build of colour can be achieved to transform the wood’s original tone.

Formulated exclusively for use with Cutek-branded oil wood coating products, Cutek colourtones open up a new level of choice when it comes to protecting and enhancing your timber.

See our Cutek colourtones and request a free sample today.

Cutek’s new website for top timber projects

Cutek has launched a new website packed with resources designed to make preserving the beautiful, natural look of timber easy.

Simple, effective and backed by a team of technical experts, Cutek is a professional-grade wood protector for architects, developers, tradespeople, manufacturers and home consumers.

Already the trusted choice of design and construction professionals around the world, we’ve gone one step further with a website that’s full of useful tools and product information.

You’ll find practical advice to protect your investment, elevate your project, and enjoy the beautiful look of timber for longer. For our distributors and re-sellers, it’s a hub of material to help promote a much-loved product that virtually sells itself.

The website includes:

Stay tuned over the coming months as we add even more news and fantastic case studies – and feel free to contact our team with any suggestions or questions.