A well-built and clean-looking deck is a beautiful addition to the outdoor space, providing an ideal location for several functions, such as entertainment, relaxation, or cooking with family and friends. If your deck is appearing a bit dilapidated and you think it’s high time to do something about it, there are a few tips and tricks that can help restore its pristine condition, meaning you won’t have to go through the entire replacement process. A home improvement contractor specializing in deck and roof replacement shares them below.
- Spring-clean the deck. It can be hectic to clean a deck after months and months of dirt buildup, vegetation, and even foot traffic. Skip the day-to-day household cleaners or bleach when cleaning your deck and instead opt for a commercial cleaner that’s strong enough to take out gunk stuck in the wood grain and between planks. After scrubbing and rinsing, finish off with an oxalic acid-based brightening solution.
- Strip the deck. Before deciding to strip your deck completely, check to see if it’s simply in need of a good wash and a stain application. If the coating is fading due to daily wear and tear or there are areas where pet scratches or foot traffic has worn off the coating, you may have to strip the deck. Stripping the deck can be hazardous to the skin and plants, so it’s better to call in a general contractor to take care of the job.
- Pick the right finish. While the application of transparent stains is fairly simple and easier than the application of semi-transparent or solid stains, they do need to be reapplied on an annual basis to keep the deck looking fresh and brand new. Solid colors, on the other hand, offer more long-lasting protection, ranging from three to four years, but they do alter the appearance of the wood.
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