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Home Living : March 13th 2012
4 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 MB DECKING UPDATING YOUR DECK FRESH STAIN MOST COST EFFECTIVE WAY Fresh stain is the most cost-effective and simple way to update your deck. Details: shur-line.com or call on 1800 331 491. DESIGNING or updating an alfresco living area into one that is stylish can improve the look of your home and add value. Having a deck is a great place to relax and entertain. But decks need to be planned and require maintenance, at least once every year, because they are exposed to harsh conditions such as the sun and rain as well as regular foot traffic. The most cost-effective and simple way to update your deck is with fresh stain. Here is a simple staining guide to help avoid problems such as discolouration and splinters, giving professional results with the help of industry experts SHUR-LINE. Step 1 -- prepare the surface: Look for any surface problems, such as eroded, rotting or decayed boards, or loose nails and replace them. Sand any cracked or splintered boards and railings then scrub the deck thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush and a deck cleaner to remove mould, discolouration and dirt. Rinse deck with water. Leave it to dry for a few days as moisture can affect the quality and finish of a stain. Step 2 -- mask and cover: Tape off any areas where the stain is not desired and place drop sheets over any shrubs and plants underneath the deck. Step 3 -- start staining: Begin by staining trim work, including railings and spindles, then stain the deck using a reliable stain with brush or stain pad with groove tool. To ensure a smooth and streak-free stain finish, stain with the direction of the boards, apply the stain to a few boards at a time, overlap your strokes when moving from a stained area on to an unstained area, and never stop staining your deck in the middle of the project. Depending on the manufacturer's instructions, a second thin coat of the stain may be required. Step 4 -- maintenance: To keep your deck looking great, regularly sweep off leaves and debris and hose and sweep off pollen and dirt. GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT Boards need to be in good condition to make staining effective. ENSURE the deck surfaces are thoroughly prepped, clean- ed, and rotting or damaged boards are repaired or replaced. Sand the surface before start- ing the staining. Look for clear weather for 24 hours before and 24 hours after staining. This will ensure the stain is absorbed and dries properly. Tape off any areas where stain is not desired (ie house siding, beneath the deck). Begin by staining trim work, including railings, spindles and tight spaces and then move to large surface areas. Stain in the direction of the boards. A properly stained deck re- quires little maintenance. Re- member to regularly sweep off leaves and debris since they trap moisture on the deck sur- face, and routinely hose and sweep off pollen and dirt. Specialists in the supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Call today for your free measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2033895 14/2 Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon- Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2247034i 12/4 World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB BVW\Y c\W_cS BVW\Y ]cbaWRS UO`RS\a bVW\Y]cbaWRSUO`RS\a Q][ Oc 2004988 13/3
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