When you have a deck in your backyard, it can lend endless hours of entertainment and enjoyment. It creates a space that you can entertain people and extend your living space into the great outdoors. However, while they are great for any property, they do require some maintenance. If you have a deck that has been neglected, have no fear, you can put some work into it and restore it. Bill Engler Painting is here to talk about what needs to be done to restore an old deck.
Steps to Restore an Old Weathered Deck
Restoring an old deck is certainly a process. It is important that you do it right so that you don’t damage the deck further or ruin it all together. Following are the steps that are involved in deck restoration.
– Decking Repairs: An old deck is most certainly going to require some repairs to get it in good shape again. The elements have an impact on any exposed wood. You should pay close attention to any parts of the deck that come in contact with the ground. This would include posts, stair stringers and joists. You may have to replace some nails that have rotted out and even some planks will need replacing depending on damage.
– Cleaning Decks: It is important to clean the deck’s surface thoroughly as well. It can be helpful to use a pressure washer to remove any staining or stubborn grime that has built up on the deck’s surface. However, you should proceed with caution when it comes to using a pressure washer as it can cause damage to the deck’s surface easily when the wrong amount of pressure is used.
– Deck Staining or Painting: Before you can stain or paint the deck’s surface, you have to make sure it has had a chance to dry completely after cleaning it. If you paint or stain a wet deck, it will lead to trapped moisture and wood rot. Mold can also become a problem. When staining, choose a stain that has a sealer added to it to offer protection for your deck. Some homeowners choose to paint their deck rather than stain it which will protect the wood from water and weather as well.
– Restoring the Deck Railing: You may need to replace some of the railing that has been damaged as well. If it has been more than 7 years since the railing was last stained, it is time to stain it again.
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Restoring an old deck is no small task. It requires a lot of work, and it is vital that you follow these steps to ensure the job is done right. If the process seems like too much work to handle on your own, you can turn to Bill Engler Painting. We are highly experienced in restoring old decks. Whether you are interested in staining or painting it, you can count on us to restore your deck, so it looks like new again. Call us today!