Decks add value to your home and life. They provide an outdoor living space to relax and entertain family and friends. They do require maintenance to keep them looking good and structurally sound. Here are three simple steps to give a new life to an old deck.
Make Necessary Repairs
Do a complete inspection of your deck. Be sure to check areas that are in direct contact with your yard like deck posts, steps and joists. If you notice rot, you need to get on top of that with a major deck renovation.
Be sure to check where the deck attaches to your house to make sure all the screws and bolts are connected and secure. Replace any rusted or compromised hardware, missing or damaged flashing, and if you see any black stains, this is a sign that moisture is making its way into your home.
Tighten any screws, if your deck has nails and they are popping, tap them down or replace them with deck screws. Check your deck railings and fix any loose railings. If you have rough areas, sand them down to prevent splinters.
Clean it up
If you have been keeping up with regular cleaning of your deck, you can get away with a regular deck cleaner that you can find at the Home Depot. However, if you have been negligent and your deck needs something more, it is time to break out the pressure washer. You can find gas powered and electric pressure washers at most large retailers and home improvement stores like Lowe’s.
When you have your repairs made and the deck is clean, you should protect the surface with a wood stain. There are several different kinds to choose from. Semitransparent stains allow the grain to show but still give you a clean, uniform look that helps the new wood blend in with the old. Solid stains cover completely and clear sealers and transparent stains that let the wood show through are better to use on new decks where all the wood in brand new.