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Home Living : March 13th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5 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 a 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. TWINLITE AWNINGS (Aust) Pty Ltd Lic No 150568C 2185934 13/3 Showroom & Factory: Unit 1/10 Hornsby St, Hornsby www.twinliteawnings.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org ENJOY OUTDOOR LIVING CURVED, DOMES, GABLE, FLAT, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL THE BEST PROTECTION IN ANY WEATHER 10 YEAR MANUFACTURE WARRANTY FREE MEASURE & QUOTE FACTORY PRICES *8mm Lexan Twinwall Polycarbonate Double-Sided UV Protected Panels are directly imported from Germany PH: 9482 7000 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5 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 For ideas & inspiration visit our website www.wedokitchens.com.au 25% OFF Kitchen Cabinets N New kitchens & kitchen make overs N Creative design solutions N 12 year construction guarantee N Proudly Australian Made SHOWROOM 2/516 Great Western HWY - ST MARYS (next to Valley Fitness) Call us now for a free quote 9673 6789 WE DO BATHROOMS 30% ALL TAPWARE 7HEN RENOVATING A COMPLETE BATHROOM OFF 2232175 24/2 WE DO KITCHENS 2044359 18/10 For a free measure and quote call 9631 4828 www.instyleblindsandshutters.com.au • Plantation Shutters • Aluminium Shutters • Roller Blinds • Roman Blinds • Venetian Blinds • Panel Glide Blinds Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd y p y y ver 30 years experience in the building trade. Chesworths Call us for a quote 9831 5984 or visit our website www.chesworths.com.au We offer High Quality Home Extensions and Additions to suit your budget. Thinking of Extending Your Home? Home Improvements Pty Ltd Bld Lic R99697 2160427i 12/4
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