Teak Deck Maintenance

Teak Deck Maintenance Quality teak decking can last for decades when properly maintained – or it can be ruined in one year with improper care. Teak deck maintenance is discussed in many places, but as with many subjects, there is a lot of bad information out there – some misguided, and some meant to cause problems. The first thing to remember is that teak is a very sensitive natural material. It is used on decks because of its excellent properties,…

Worn Out Seams And Plugs

Worn Out Seams And Plugs If your seams are worn to the point where caulking is gone and many screw heads are exposed, you will have to determine how much actual teak thickness is left. If the deck was originally 1/2 inch thick with 1/4 inch deep plugs, the remaining teak is only 1/4 inch thick. If seams and plugs have been failing for long time, or if the depth is too shallow for plugs, you should replace your decking.…

Caulk Separating From Teak

Caulk Separating From Teak,¬†Leaking Seams Leaking seams may just need some re-caulking – or in the worst cases, lead to the deck having to be re-done. Even small leaks or water penetration can be detected by hosing the deck and observing how it dries. Areas where the wood or a seam stays wet longer than deck around it should be carefully inspected for a possible problem. If water sits in a seam it should be re-caulked. Areas where the wood…

Loose or Missing Plugs Over Screw Heads

Loose or Missing Plugs Over Screw Heads This is probably one of the easiest problems to fix, but if it’s happening at the same time as the seams being worn out, you are facing a bigger re-caulking job. Let’s¬† assume your deck seams are still good – The first sign of a loose plug is a black ring around the plug, this is caused by mildew from water under the plug. Fix by drilling out the plug with an annular…