Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Wooden deck

Wooden deckSo here is a small, but rapidly growing, problem for me.

While hosing down the deck with salt water, I noticed that the wood on this part of the deck has rotted away far quicker that I'd imagined it would.

You can see holes in the wood where water now sits, helping to accelerate the process. Ultimately that water is also sitting on the steel beneath the wood, in turn causing it to rust.

This is something I'll need to sort out pretty quickly, as the last thing I need is for the underlying steel to eventually rust through to the spaces below.

The immediate issue I have is what to do about it right now.


  1. Oh Dear

    That does not look like a nice job at this time of year.
    That is why I am planning to paint the Strathspeys deck with rubberised UV resistant paint as soon as it has dried out.

  2. If the holes arent too big make two 1/4 ply templates one for the cut-out and another one for the repair insert and cover the rotten holes until dr(y or induce some drying with a tent, heating and a dehumidifier,) and repair them progressively ( it will be an ongoing thing? so keep the templates) using epoxy gap filling glue.if the holes are big and across several planks using a router or depth set "skill" cut out the planks, using 1/4 wide cuts, chistle them out, end brush the steel, with a rotary wire brush and treat with phosphoric acid, and then epoxy paint?and bed the new planks back with sikaflex? and redo the caulk joints with audio tape in the bottom of the joint to prevent adhesion to the deck at the joint as the wood expands and contracts! make sure that you prime the sides of the joints with a wood sealer or patent sikaflex sealer and that it is all dry and clean before caulking! But then you knew all this :o)) take care best of luck

  3. Hi Andrew

    I've been avoiding this issue, but now have to work out what's best from here.

    Your rubberised UV resistant paint sounds interesting.

  4. Hi Rob

    Thanks for that, I know none of it.

    All advice listened to carefully before rushing into any decisions.



  5. Do keep us posted on what you end up doing ~ some of us lurk just hoping to learn more new stuff!

  6. Hi Jamie

    Will do ;)

  7. Anonymous9:08 PM

    I realize cost is a factor, but have you considered "composite wood" ? Decking material made with recycled plastics and wood pulp. Waterproof, stainproof, no staining and sealing every year.

    I'm unsure on what your budget permits, but it is a great product definitely worth considering for marine applications.

  8. Hi Anonymous

    Hmm, composite wood. I've not heard of it, so will look into it.

    Thanks for that.

    The underlying issue I have is the need to effectively seal moisture from the steel below the wooden decking, so as to prevent it rusting through.