Make your deck a year-round space

During the winter months we often favour indoor spaces leaving decks and exterior areas under-utilised but there are many ways to set up your outdoor deck for year-round living.

Here’s our top five!

1. Create warmth

During the winter months, adding a source of heat such as an outdoor heater, heater panel or firepit will certainly add comfort and extend the use of the deck.

Add a touch of style with a decorative heater or portable fire pit that makes a statement. If space allows, a built-in fire can be designed to fit the space and complement the exterior fittings.

Tip: Keep heat sources off the decking to prevent burns or marks.

2. Build your deck in

Consider adding a roof to your deck to keep the warmth in and make the space cosier. If using timber, select a species that complements the existing deck and give thought to a warming Cutek Colourtone that makes a style statement.

If adding a fixed roof isn’t an option, an awning or weatherproof panels could be a simple way of achieving the same outcome.

Tip: Winter sun can provide warmth during daylight hours. A flexible solution, such as an operable roof, will let light in when required.

3. Decorate and refresh the space

Consider your deck another room, have some fun styling it to create a familiar atmosphere in keeping with your home. Add some creature comforts such as cushions and candles to create warmth. Choose pieces that are weatherproof and can be left outside all year round and introduce evergreen plants that flourish whatever the season to bring some natural colour.

Tip: When decorating take the time to assess maintenance requirements and apply a coat of deck oil. Cutek’s CD50 Oil will work to control moisture from the inside out, minimise warping, cupping and splitting to provide protection through the Winter months well into Summer when the sun’s rays become stronger.

4. Let there be light

With the nights closing in earlier in Winter, lighting is essential. Outdoor lights can often be very stark. Decorate with string lights or ambient lighting to create an inviting space.

5. Add a hot tub

Hot tubs are the perfect tonic for the winter months. If layout and structure allow, installing one can create a fantastic feature that really opens up the opportunity to get outdoors and use the space in the cooler months.

Cooler weather can make it challenging to utilise outdoor areas that are in constant use during the summer months.

By taking some simple steps to open up outdoor living spaces for year-round use will make the most of your deck and improve your home’s liveability.

What is ‘The Cutek Difference’?

Cutek offers innovative wood protection with a stand-out difference.  With so many wood protection products to choose from it’s a big claim.

So, what is the Cutek difference?

The problem with traditional coatings

Examining the issue with traditional coatings will help to explain why Cutek is so different.

When first applied to timber, traditional coatings look good on the surface. However they have a common weakness. Exposure to the elements, including harsh UV rays and rain will cause damage to timber over time.

 

 1. Traditional coatings sit on the top of the timber

 

 

2. UV rays break down the coating and cause it to peel leaving the timber exposed.

 

 

3. When it rains, moisture gets in causing the timber to swell.

 

 

4. The timber then shrinks in the sun.

 

After exposure to the elements, the wood cracks, splits, warps and rots. Re-coating with a traditional product will cause the cycle to repeat itself and your timber installation won’t last.

 

 ‘The Cutek Difference’

Cutek wood finishes work differently to traditional wood protection products. Instead of sitting on the surface of the timber, the oils diffuse deeply into the wood to protect it from the inside out.

 

Cutek oil penetrates deeply into the timber and repels water.

 

 

The timber stays better protected for longer in all weather conditions.

 

 

Cutek stays mobile inside the wood – if you can add a fastener or cut the timber it will self-heal.

 

Cutek’s unique formula has been developed by our team of experts to keep timber more stable over time. You can protect your investment and enjoy the beautiful look of your timber installation for much longer.

 

The Cutek difference: timber that stands the test of time.

 

Our wood protection system is proven and chosen by industry professionals time and again.  Use Cutek for your next project to experience ‘The Cutek Difference’ for yourself.

Watch ‘The Cutek Difference’ video.

 

 

 

 

Not finding the right decking oil to suit your project?

With a wide range of decking oils on the market, deciding on the product that’s best suited to your specific needs can be challenging.

Cutek oils are different to other leading wood coatings. They deeply diffuse into the timber to protect it from the inside out. This innovative approach to timber protection ensures that Cutek oils stand out from the alternatives to help narrow down your search.

This ‘Buyer’s Guide’ to Cutek Oils highlights the pros and cons of each solution to help your decision making.

Cutek CD50

Cutek CD50 is the original cost-effective workhorse. It can be applied clear for a natural silver patina or with Colourtones to retain a freshly oiled look. As with all Cutek oils, it protects from the effects of moisture and minimises warping, cupping and splitting.

Pros:

  • Suits most household decking projects.
  • Protects from the effects of moisture.
  • Minimises warping, cupping and splitting.
  • Can be applied clear for a natural silver patina.
  • Cutek Colourtones can be added to help retain the natural oiled look or match timber and style.
  • Cost effective.

Cons:

  • Not quite as good in the tropics or harsh climates as Cutek Extreme
  • Not suitable for use on bamboo or acetylated wood.

Cutek Extreme

As its name implies, Cutek Extreme excels in the toughest of environments where inferior products would fail to withstand the conditions.

Pros:

  • Withstands the toughest of environments and harsh climates.
  • Has all the benefits of Cutek CD50.
  • A good choice for most engineered wood products.

Cons:

  • More expensive than Cutek CD50.
  • Achieves a silver patina at a slower rate than Cutek CD50.
  • Not suitable for use on acetylated wood.

Cutek LowVOC oil

Cutek LowVOC oil is the environmentally friendly choice that helps decking projects achieve a green star rating. It looks and performs the same as Cutek CD50 but has a lower volatile organic compound (VOC) content.

Pros:

  • Has all the benefits of Cutek CD50.
  • An environmentally friendly wood protector.
  • Helps your project achieve a green star rating.

Cons:

  • More expensive than Cutek CD50.

 Final Finishes

Cutek Colourtones will help to achieve a freshly oiled look that will last. They work well for treated pine, renewing the colour of weathered timber and for styling your deck to match your house and garden design.

The colour, species, age and condition of the timber to be coated will impact the final colour and finish achieved by using a Colourtone.

Colourtones have the added benefit of offering greater UV protection.

To achieve a natural “driftwood’ type look on your deck use clear Cutek oil only.

Tips on how to apply Cutek Oil and Colourtones

  • For new timber, cover both sides for the first coat, and apply a second coat to the front face only.
  • For old, weathered or stained timber, use Cutek Proclean before oiling.
  • If the deck has been coated previously with a Cutek oil, apply only one coat – saving time and money.
  • Always test on a small area or off-cut for colour suitability if you’re adding a Colourtone.

All Cutek oils protect from the effects of moisture and minimise warping, cupping and splitting.

Choosing which Cutek oil is best suited for your decking depends on how exposed to the elements the timber is and whether your project requires a green star rating.

Introducing: Cutek Wood Preservative –

The Formula For Commercial Operators

Introducing Cutek Wood Preservative for the pre-treatment and remedial treatment of exterior wood in industrial and domestic environments.

When used, the coated wood resists damage caused by fungal decay, mould and termites, and is protected from moisture, improving dimensional stability and minimising warping, cupping and splitting.

Use Cutek Wood Preservative on its own as a clear oil that will fade in the sun to natural silver patina*, or mix it with any of our 10 colourtones to enhance and retain the freshly oiled look of your timber.

Cutek Wood Preservative will gradually fade over time rather than peel, split or crack, so the rejuvenation of timber coated with Cutek Wood Preservative is a simple, fast, and cost effective process.

Cutek Wood Preservative is able to be used on natural, and engineered and modified timber – some applications include boardwalks, fencing, pergolas, decks, railings, weatherboards, log homes, joinery, shingles and large council/government projects. It is not suitable for use on acetylated wood.

It’s designed to be used only on above-ground,wood structures or components of.

Download the fact sheet or ask us for advice on how to use Cutek Wood Preservative.

*At a slower rate than Cutek CD50

Maintaining an oceanside deck

Timber decking is a common feature of oceanside homes. The level of required maintenance on an exterior deck is directly proportional to the environmental conditions.

Exposure to sun, wind, salt, sand and ocean moisture can cause significant damage and result in premature failure of wooden decking boards.

With a close proximity to the sea, decking will need a high level of protection from the harsh elements to ensure longevity.

Removal of salt from the wood

Moist salt air can be a challenge for oceanside decking. Once salt finds its way into timber via cracks, salt crystals can form and grow. Over time they push the fibres of the timber out making it appear fuzzy.

Prevention includes frequent power rinsing to wash the salt off. Using Cutek Proclean will ensure that all traces of salt are removed.

Seal regularly for longevity

After removing salt particles from the wood, the next step is to apply a protective coating.

Most coatings, deck stains and oils trap moisture and can be the cause of premature wood failure through rot and decay. Cutek Extreme penetrates the wood to protect from within and keep moisture out, including the salt air and sea-spray of a beachside location.

The high-performance oil offers superior mould and fungi protection that is essential for a coastal environment.

Cutek coatings never peel or flake but will need more regular recoats in a marine setting.

The professional’s choice

Architects, designers and engineers continue to use timber for coastal structures, including resorts and beachside clubs. They turn to Cutek Extreme for professional hard-wearing protection of installations against the elements.

Deck care is important. Regular cleaning, staining and coating with quality products will give oceanside decks the protection they need to withstand their harsh environment.

Trending Timber Colourtones 2018

Cutek’s natural wood finishes and colourtones make it easy to preserve the original beauty of timber installations.

Our ten colourtones have been in demand in 2018, although the Top 3 Colourtones for the year are Black Ash, Burnt Red and Sela Brown.

  1. Black Ash

Interior designers look to shades of black or dark brown to add a sophisticated sleekness to a contemporary, urban space.

Darker hued timber is an obvious choice to fulfil this brief. When stained with Black Ash, the strong grain pattern is further highlighted for a striking visual impact.

Blackened cladding is an architectural trend traditionally achieved using the ancient Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban that involves charring the surface of the wood rendering it a deep black.

Using traditional processes to char and blacken timber can be time intensive and costly. Adding Cutek’s Black Ash colourtone to the clear wood finish and staining dark timber is an easy, effective way of achieving the same stand-out look.

Timber species match: Black Ash, Western Red Cedar.

Case Study: Ray White’s Queensland office

Western Red Cedar combined with a Cutek Black Ash colourtone was the perfect blend for a feature wall and desk area to complement the chic, modern styling of the office space.

  1. Burnt Red

2018’s colour trends took us back to nature so it’s no surprise to see Burnt Red appear in Cutek’s Top 3 Colourtones. The earthy appeal of rich, red brown timber has made it a popular choice both inside and outside the home this year.

Burnt Red is a match for a wide selection of red toned species, popular with architects for adding organic warmth to a contemporary home.

Timber species match: Red Gum, Kwila/Merbau, Rose Gum, Blue Gum, Jarrah and Ironbark.

Case Study: An award-winning Tasmanian home

Cutek’s Burnt Red oil highlights the Western Red Cedar’s natural grain and beauty, while ensuring its design appeal and strength last longer.

  1. Sela Brown 

Sela Brown is a classic, traditional colourtone that matches well with a variety of timber types.

This popular colourtone made the most popular on account of its versatility and widespread appeal. Sela Brown is often chosen to stain outdoor decking or seating in a natural setting.

Timber species match: Spotted Gum, Kwila/Merbau, New Guinea Rosewood, Brush Box, Spotted Gum, Malas, Mixed Hardwood

For a naturally fresh colour, try Cutek’s colourtones. Contact us if you would like help selecting a wood finishing product or best decking oil to suit your project.

Timber Specialist Frank Di Stefano recommends Cutek Oils

In an article published in Bowens Builders Bulletin this month, Timber Specialist, Frank Di Stefano discussed the issues that poor wood preparation and weather extremes can cause for timber decks.

In his article, Di Stefano warns that the risk of not applying a protective coating to decking boards is that they are exposed and unprepared when wet weather or summer sun hits.

Cutek’s products are recommended by Di Stefano and industry experts based on their timber protection properties and the valuable part that they play in avoiding decking issues.

“I have long been promoting the benefits of oil-based coatings like Cutek, that deeply diffuse into timber decking.”

Frank Di Stefano, Bowens Builders Bulletin

The feature points out that Cutek’s high quality timber oil is soaked in by the wood. After absorption, it works from the inside out to help control moisture entry and minimise common issues such as timber cupping, warping and splitting.

Summary of Di Stefano’s tips for using Cutek:

  • Use early protection during the construction stage.
  • Best practice includes coating the underside of decking.
  • Reseal all cut end grains.
  • Appropriate use can help to provide UV protection.

Professional timber protection products significantly prolong the life of outdoor decking when utilised correctly.

Contact us to discuss any of the points raised by Frank Di Stefano in Bowens Builders and to find out how our products can be used to protect your decking.

Earn a Green Star for your timber installation

Timber is natural, reusable, recyclable and sustainable making it an environmentally friendly building material by virtue.

Furthermore, as timber grows it extracts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.  Most of this carbon remains stored in the wood long after it is used.

Timber can certainly be an eco-conscious choice over other building materials. However, there are some additional requirements that need to be fulfilled to achieve a coveted Green Star sustainability rating.

Purchase timber from a sustainable source

Sustainable timber is wood that is planted, grown and harvested responsibly following strict codes of practice.

When sourcing timber for a Green Star project, a fully certified chain of custody is critical.

According to Timber Queensland, certified timber suppliers demonstrate:

  • A commitment to planning and monitoring
  • Adherence to laws and rights to the land
  • Consideration of indigenous, community and worker rights, values and benefits
  • Protection of environmental and ecological values
  • Assurance of ongoing forest yields.

The three most common forest certification systems in Australia are:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Australian Forestry Standard AS4708 (AFS)
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC)

‘Look for these logos when purchasing your timber’

Certified suppliers can be found or verified by using the search databases published on the relevant scheme’s website.

 Environment-friendly timber protection products

After going to the trouble to source sustainable wood, it is important that the timber oil or wood protector used are also environmentally friendly.

What are VOCs and why are they harmful?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. A vapour is given off by chemical compounds present in paints, sealant for wood, adhesives, primers, cleaning agents and other chemical-based finishes and wood coatings.

Specify low VOC products

Using a Timber Protection product such as Cutek LowVOC is a must for achieving a Green Star project.

If part of a timber installation is to be painted or adhesive is required, the materials specified should also be low VOC.

Pursue a Green Star rating today

For a timber installation to be truly sustainable and achieve a Green Star rating, it is critical to source certified timber and use eco-friendly protection products on the wood.

Contact us to discuss how Cutek’s LowVOC Wood Treatment Oil can help you to achieve a Green Star project.

How to Clean Up Timber Deck Stains

Spring is the perfect weather for alfresco entertaining; it’s time to take pride in your timber deck.

With any type of hospitality, frequent use spills and accidents are inevitable and can stain or damage your deck or timber furniture. Now is a great time to learn how to clean decking and furniture in preparation for the entertaining season ahead.

1. Removing stains caused by food or drink spills

Food or drink spills can cause discolouration and stains that are hard to remove.

Cutek Quickclean is an industrial grade general purpose cleaner. It cuts through grease and stains and will generally be tough enough to clean up food and drink spills on tables, chairs or decking boards.

Apply the product liberally and leave it on the surface for 10 to 20 minutes. If the stain is stubborn it may be necessary to scrub it with a stiff fibre brush. If it still refuses to budge, try Cutek Proclean  for a deeper cleanse.

When all traces of the stain are removed, the wood is ready for coating with Cutek CD50.

2. Restoring timber with black or grey discolouration

Greyness can be caused by significant weathering if a deck is particularly exposed. Metal objects left sitting on the deck for a prolonged period, such as nails or metal furniture can also cause grey or black stains.

An application of Cutek Proclean will keep working for 24 hours to restore oxidized, grey timber while enhancing the grain.

After cleaning, the deck or furniture can be treated with Cutek CD50 to protect it from further moisture damage.

Adding a Colourtone  will enhance and maintain the freshly oiled natural look of your timber.

3. Removing and treating mould or fungus stains

Decks that are shaded are pre-disposed to issues with mould or fungus.  The problem often covers a large surface area.

Sweep the deck thoroughly with a stiff fibre brush, taking care to work into the corners where mould and fungus often build up.

Cutek Proclean is a professional grade deck cleaning product that will eradicate traces of mould and fungus. It keeps working for up to 24 hours. Be sure to complete a patch test first to determine how long to leave it on.

Although Proclean is not considered a strong defoliant, take care to protect adjacent vegetation before you begin.

Using the right products is an essential component for cleaning up and treating timber stains or damaged wood. All traces of the issues can be removed from decking and furniture resulting in a fresh, as-new look to your outdoor entertaining space.

Why is my deck stain peeling? How to fix and prevent it

Timber decks exposed to the elements can take a battering if not prepared and maintained properly that results in weathering and peeling. A peeling timber deck looks unsightly and can be very challenging to restore.

The timber needs proper preparation before finishing with a heavy-duty product that will withstand ongoing exposure.

Common reasons for peeling:

  • The deck wasn’t properly prepared; poor preparation can stop the oil from penetrating and means that it fails to protect the wood.
  • The wrong type of stain or sealer was used; a heavy duty exterior deck oil is required to withstand exposure to the elements.
  • An inferior quality decking stain was used.
  • Too much stain was applied, or the coats were too thick and not allowed to dry between applications.

How to fix and prevent future peeling

In just 3 steps you’ll have the job done and ensure that your timber deck is protected for years to come.

1. Remove the weathered, peeling layers

The first step is to remove all traces of the peeling deck coating and take the timber back to bare wood by stripping or sanding it.

After stripping or sanding the wood, Cutek CD33 Naked will remove the final traces of its previous coating.

Depending on the state of the wood, it may be possible to use Cutek CD33 Naked without sanding.

Tip: As you scrape the wood, reset any nails or screws that stick out from the surface.

2. Clean and rinse the wood

Once stripped, the wood will need a good restoring scrub. Cutek Proclean restoration agent will remove the residue from the stripping process. Once applied, a power rinse with a high-pressure washer will be necessary.

Tip: Use a lower setting to avoid damaging the wood fibre.

3. Seal the wood

The final step is to finish with two coats of a hard wearing timber deck oil that will excel in the most challenging of environments, such as Cutek Extreme. Each coat must be applied evenly with brush, paintpad or roller.

When using a Cutek Colourtone, it is essential that the oil is stirred frequently and applied in thin coats. The wood must feel completely dry and non-greasy before application of the second coat.

Tip: After stripping and cleaning the wood, apply the finish as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary exposure to the elements.

The Cutek difference

Treating timber upon installation can prevent the occurrence of peeling deck stain. Cutek oil penetrates the timber to protect it from the inside out. Where other coatings envelope the wood, Cutek Extreme deeply diffuses into the timber. It lasts longer in tougher climates and won’t peel like other products.

Contact us for more advice on how to seal wood utilising Cutek’s wood finishing range.