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Oil or Water Based Timber Decking: Which is Better?

Choosing between a water and oil based timber decking treatment may seem like a pretty simple task, but in reality, it isn’t.

Water and oil based timber decking both have their own pros and cons. As it is, you should look into what each of them are offering, in order to decide once and for all, as to which option will best suit your needs.

Interested? Read on…

Advantages and Features

First things first: before we proceed with the advantages of oil based and water based timber decking, it is always important to look into what your specific purposes and needs are. This will help you decide as to which option would be more advantageous, ultimately making it easier for you to pick the right choice later on.

Here are some additional details to keep note of:

Oil Based Decking Stains

  • able to penetrate deeper into the wood
  • provide greater durability, most especially for harsh weather and conditions
  • take a longer time to dry, making it easier to apply even coats
  • more efficient at showing wood grain

Water Based Decking Stains

  • longer-lasting colour retention
  • dry up more quickly
  • easily cleaned with water
  • non-flammable
  • basically odourless or odour-free
  • don’t trap moisture in the wood

Which Is Better?

Again, it all depends on your circumstances. If your decking will be constantly exposed to harsh elements, you might want to opt for oil based timber decking treatments.

It is worthy to note though that there are now many water based decking treatments that claim to be as durable as oil based treatments, and are resistant against moulds and fungi. So, you might want to take a look at them as well, before making your choice.

Want timber decking that can serve your needs? Call a timber expert by on 1300 477 024.