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Protect Your Thermally Modified Decking From Warping

Protect Your Thermally Modified Decking From Warping

It is never too late to take steps to protect your thermally modified decking from warping. These tips may prevent the wood from warping or slow it down considerably.

Choose a shady location for your deck

If you are building your deck in the sun, choose a shady spot instead. Sun exposure will cause more extreme changes in humidity and temperature levels and will hasten the rate of decay of the wood if it is not treated correctly. And if you don’t want a shaded location, build an overhang above the structure to shield the surface while letting rainwater still get through.

Avoid putting the deck in a low-lying wet area

If your thermally modified deck is in a low-lying damp area, you should build it above ground level to prevent water from seeping in. The wood will rot faster in such an environment because of sudden high humidity levels (due to rain or flooding, etc.) and bouts of sudden low humidity.

Give it ventilation

While decks are typically enclosed, try to find places that are not fully enclosed on all sides of your decking. This will allow air to flow freely, prevent condensation from forming on the surface, and prevent mold growth.

Apply a preservative coat to your deck

If you are considering building a deck, consider painting or staining it to protect it from the elements. Painting or staining will add a layer of protection that will slow down any changes in the nutrients introduced into the wood by an animal living in the area.

Keep it watered

Once your new deck is in place, ensure it does not get too dry. This may cause the wood to shrink and warp, resulting in a loss of structural stability. Watering the decking regularly will ensure that the wood remains healthy and will not allow it to decay too quickly, as well as prevent condensation from forming on the surface and preventing mold growth.

Install a drainage system

A drainage system helps prevent water from soaking through your deck. It also allows excess water to flow over the deck’s surface rather than soaking into it, which helps keep up its structural integrity better than if it had no drainage system.

Put in a raised deck

If you plan to put your deck into an area that is not easily accessible to the garden hose, consider installing a raised deck. Raised decks will help to prevent water from soaking through the surface of the deck and will also allow excess water to be carried away.

Use boards with greater density or thicker boards

When installing your decking, use boards with a higher density, meaning they will be thicker and harder. The denser the wood is, the more likely it will resist changes in humidity and temperature levels.

Once you have followed several of these tips to protect your thermally modified decking from warping, it is essential to maintain it. Depending on your area, there may be specific seasons when you need to take extra steps to help prevent the wood from warping. Choose Americana wo0d decking for better performance over the years. Sherwood’s thermally modified decking guarantees incredible resistance against warping and other external threats.