Timber decking is a very popular way to create unique outdoor spaces at any home or commercial property, and many people will not hesitate to have one built.

A well designed and constructed decking area not only looks amazing, but provides a great, relaxing atmosphere for all to use all year round.

The only downside to having a timber deck area is they will require on-going maintenance in the form of sanding and re-coating with deck oil.

This can be a very laborious task, which no one enjoys doing.

Traditionally, this job would require the deck to be sanded back with some type of paper sanding machine. Depending on the type of deck oil that needs to be stripped, this sanding process can take a long time to complete and use up dozens of sanding sheets.

Add to this the fact that such sanding will remove a portion of the top surface of timber, which if not done properly can leave sanding scar marks in the wood.

Another common problem with traditional sanding techniques is that if dome nails have been used on the decking, these will need to be hammered down into the timber to allow for the sander machine to be use on the deck.

Doing this can cause the decking planks to slip up over the nail and become loose, which will then require even more work to have them secured down again.

After reading all this, you probably don’t want anything to do with a timber deck.

However, we are glad to tell you there is a better and easier way to sand your decking.

At The Stain Eaters, we use a specialist brush sander machine that solves all the problems listed above. Shown in the video below, this unit has a unique brush wheel that quickly removes the old deck coating without any impact on the timber. In fact, this process is good for the timber as it opens the pores of the wood which allows for better penetration of the new decking oil. This means a deeper soaking of the oil into the timber fibres, making for better nourishment and a longer lasting finish.

The brush wheel sander is also not affected by protruding nail heads, so there is no need to hammer these down prior to sanding. This will mean the original look of your decking will remain intact, and also ensure the timber stays properly fastened to the rails.

Usually, this sanding process is much quicker to complete that traditional sanding methods, and edges can be taken care of using a hand held version of the same brush sander.

If you are wanting to have your timber deck sanded and re-stained, give our team a call to arrange for a quote.