Nothing will add beauty to your backyard like a solid wood deck. There is something about the organic beauty in natural wood that is especially appealing. Not to mention, the added space to spend time and relax is an added bonus as well. When your solid wood deck is looking worn and aged, you may want to consider restoring it rather than replacing it. You would be surprised at how good it can look with a little TLC. American Hometown Services is here to explain what it takes to restore your old and worn out deck.
Step 1: Repair Your Old Weathered Deck
If you have an older deck, chances are, it has weathered more than its fair share of storms. As you inspect and evaluate your deck, pay closer attention to any parts that may affect it structurally. These would be any portions that make contact with the ground, posts and joists. Tighten and fasten any screws that have come loose or started to rust through the years. This is a great time to replace any boards that are showing signs of rotting as well.
Step 2: Pressure Washing to Clean the Deck Surface
Before you can start the staining and sealing process, the deck needs a good cleaning. Because it is made of solid wood and comes in contact with moisture on a regular basis, you need to use deck cleaner to do this. You will want one that will get rid of any mold or mildew that may be present. As you apply this cleaner, use a stiff bristled brush to scrub the surface of the deck to remove any loose pieces before staining. This will work that cleaner into the wood so that there is a deep clean when you are finished. If there are several stains on your deck, you may want to use a pressure washer to really get it clean. You should be warned though, if you don’t use the right nozzle and water pressure, you could end up damaging your deck with a pressure washer.
Step 3: Let Deck Dry Before Staining
Your deck needs to be completely dry before you can stain and seal it. If there is even the smallest bit of moisture left in the wood, it will be sealed there once you have finished and cause mold and mildew problems. You should allow it at least 24-48 hours to completely dry.
Step 4: Stain & Seal Deck
The best way to apply stain and sealer is to buy a combo that will do both. There are many stain companies that make a combination stain and sealer. When applying it to your deck, the most efficient way to do so is to spray the stain on and use a brush to smooth it out for an even finish. You will most likely need 2-3 coats to get the results you want. Make sure you wait about 1 hour between each coat but no more than that, because you don’t want the sealer to take affect which happens a couple hours after application.