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Can I Do Deck Restoration Myself?

Posted on Apr 25, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

shutterstock_461558668It's no well kept secret that a deck or extended porch adds value and enjoyment to your home. Sitting out on your deck on a cool summer morning to read your favorite novel or sip coffee can be just what you need to relax and recharge. But over time, your deck can become splintered, wavy, warped, and loose. Having an unusable or rickety deck is definitely not what you signed up for when you installed the deck or when you purchased your home. You may be asking, “Can I do deck restoration myself?” The answer is if you are generally handy with tools and familiar with staining or painting products, it is absolutely possible for you to tackle this DIY project. Depending on how extensive the warping or splintering is will give you a good idea of how difficult and time consuming this project will be.

Things to Consider before starting deck restoration

Decide how you will remove the current stain or finish off of your deck. Scrubbing with a stiff bristled brush, sanding or stripping off the finish will allow you to begin with a cleaner, neutral starting point. This can be tedious but an important first step. This is also the time to replace any worn out or rotten boards if needed.

Cleaning the deck free from dirt, mildew, sawdust, or just normal wear and tear grime is incredibly important before you apply any new product to your deck. Using a deck brightener or wood finisher to soap up and scrub your deck to properly clean the wood before moving on to powerwashing. How will you accomplish such a thorough cleaning? See if you can rent a power washer from your local hardware store. Make sure your deck dries completely before moving on!

Finally, applying the stain or finishing product to a clean, fixed, dry deck. For larger projects, you can use a sprayer or a brush and roller for smaller decks. Follow all recommendations and guidelines on the product you use on your deck.

If you are up for this project, go for it!

But if you would rather outsource many of these steps, it will be well worth the money to get your deck back to enjoyable use without giving up several days of physical labor yourself.

Finding a reputable residential painting contractor who also provides deck restoration services will make the whole project a breeze for you so you can get back to enjoying that breeze on your deck.

Services to look for in a residential contractor are:

  • Power Washing
  • Steam Cleaning
  • Dry Rot Repair
  • Loose Board Repair
  • Sanding
  • Staining and Finishing.

If doing a deck restoration is totally in your wheelhouse, more power to you. But if you would like to pass the torch over to a professional who has the equipment and experience to make your deck like new again, call D & D Painting if you are in Northern California, including Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County and parts of South San Francisco.

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