Your deck is an important extension of your home, as it provides a lovely outdoor space for entertaining and relaxing. Inclement weather can take a toll on it, however, as can the passage of time. Regular staining and sealing will help extend the life of your deck, making it a terrific place to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Here are 3 tips for refinishing your deck:
1. Make sure the deck is clean before beginning the project. Clear off the deck furniture, plants, and grill, and brush off all surface debris with a broom. Look for any split or rotting planks, raised nails, and other issues that may need to be taken care of. Use a deck cleaner made specifically for cleaning a deck; read all instructions so you learn how to dilute and apply the cleaner correctly.
2. Choose the right stain for your deck. If the wood planks are in good condition and you're happy with the color, you can use a clear sealer instead of a stain. If you're looking to add some color, and the deck is in good condition, you can use a semi-transparent stain that soaks into the wood and keeps the wood grain visible. Solid stains coat the surface of the wood like paint, and are good for hiding wood plank replacements and surface weathering. If the deck has extensive weathering, consider a resurfacing stain that contains grit to hide cracks in the wood planks.
3. Apply the stain properly. Wait until the deck is completely dry after the cleaning process, and make sure there is no rain in the forecast for the next few days. Tape off any edges around the deck, and apply stain evenly with a paint pad or a roller. Use a paintbrush in corners, on railings, and in gaps between planks.
For more tips, or to have your deck professionally refinished, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL