The Benefits of Pre-Oiled Decking

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The natural look and feel of timber decking is perfect for Perth’s outdoor spaces. Whether it’s in a public space or a private backyard, it creates a warm and inviting area to relax and entertain guests. When cared for correctly, timber decking can be a durable and long-lasting decking option. One job that is sure to extend the life of your decking is regular oiling – both pre and post-installation. To help get your deck off to a great start, many hardwood timbers like Merbau and Spotted Gum now come with the option of pre-oiling.

So, why has pre-oiled decking become such a popular choice? Let’s take a closer look at all the benefits of pre-oiled decking. 

What is ‘Pre-Oiled’ Decking?

During the pre-oiling process, the timber is fed through an oiling machine which coats the timber evenly on all sides. The pre-oiling process not only saves time but also ensures all sections and sides of the timber are protected, making it weatherproof from the very start.

The Pre-Oiled Decking Advantage

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Deeply Penetrates Timber

Structural Integrity: The oil deeply protects the structural core of the timber. This isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s about lasting durability.

Reduces Distortions: One of the common issues with unprotected hardwood decking is warping, cupping and splitting. Pre-oiling reduces these problems, making sure your decking remains flat and stable for a longer period.

Moisture Management: With minimised moisture absorption, the chances of rot, decay or mould growth decrease substantially.

Ultimate Time-saving Tool

Get More Done: Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a hardworking tradie, time is something you always want more of. Using pre-oiled decking allows you to complete the job faster.

Minimal Prep Time: Forget about hours of sanding, cleaning and coating your timber. With pre-oiled decking, those days are gone.

No Weather Delays: Applying oil to your deck used to be heavily dependent on weather conditions. With pre-oiled timber, you don’t need to worry about the rain or wind as your decking is protected from the start.

Better All-Round Protection

Transporting: Pre-oiling decking delivers better protection during transport and while the decking is stored on-site.

360˚ Protection: Every side of the timber is coated giving your decking complete protection from the weather.

Allows for Grey-off: If you want your timber decking to ‘grey-off’, you won’t need to add another coat of oil. Get the look you want while maintaining strength and stability. 

Taking Care of Your Pre-Oiled Decking

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While it’s clear that pre-oiled decking has many advantages, you will still need to carry out regular post-installation maintenance to keep your decking in tip-top shape.

To achieve the best protection from the weather and maximum durability and longevity, you should take note of the following:

Post-installation Oil: To fully protect your pre-oiled timber, apply a top coat within 12 weeks of installation.

Regular Maintenance: You should consider reapplying a protective oil coating every 12 months. Your supplier can help you choose the right oil and application tools.

Cleaning: Ensure you remove any surface contamination and debris. A clean deck is not just about looks, it also helps increase its lifespan.

Minor Repairs: If you’ve noticed any tiny damages to the surface of your decking, make sure you address it immediately. An early touch-up can prevent more significant issues down the track

When you weigh up the time-saving benefits, reduced maintenance and increased durability, pre-oiled decking makes perfect sense. To find out more about pre-oiled decking or to place an order, contact the team at Austim.

As Perth’s leading timber supplier, Austim stocks a wide selection of timbers and can help you find the perfect timber for your decking project.


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