The 10 Step process for Restoring your Deck to New
By Mark J. Donovan
||As someone once said to me, a home is not self maintaining. This can be no truer than with a deck. Sunlight and weather can quickly age a deck. They can cause the deck surface to fade or check, nails to pop up, deck boards to warp, and the wooden rails to cup and twist. However, with a little do-it-yourself effort you can restore your deck to a relatively new condition.
Step 1 – Sweep the Deck
To begin the process of restoring your deck, begin by sweeping it clean. If you have a leaf blower use this as well.
Step 2 – Power Wash the Deck
Use a power washer to thoroughly remove dirt build up, pitch, and flaking sealer material.
Step 3 – Replace Popped Nails
Use your hammer to remove and replace popped nails. Popped nails are nails that have worked their way up overtime due to the constant change of temperatures. Replace the popped nails with slightly larger nails to ensure they hold the decking material to the deck joists.
|Step 4 – Realign Twisted Deck Boards
Using your claw, remove nails from deck boards that have twisted. Once the nails have been removed, realign the board using your claw and while holding the board into position, install new nails into the decking material. Place the new nails into the pre-existing nail holes of the decking material.
Step 5 – Replace Damaged Deck Boards
If any deck boards are damaged, e.g. splits or cracks, replace these boards altogether.
Step 6 – Repair Warped or Twisted Railings
If the deck rails are in rough shape, replace them with new material. I would highly recommend replacing them with composite decking boards as they will hold up for a lifetime.
Step 7 – Sand Deck
Using a pole sander and rough grit sand paper, sand the deck surface down.
Step 10 – Apply Sealer / Paint / Stain
Once the deck is free from dust and other material and is thoroughly dry, apply a quality watersealer, stain, or paint to the deck surface.
With these 10 steps your deck will look as good as new!!
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