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HOW TO DO DECK RESTORATION LIKE A PRO

03/27/2023

HOME REPAIRS

HOW TO DO DECK RESTORATION LIKE A PRO

03/27/2023

Barbeque season is fast approaching. Is your deck ready to host gatherings? Winter can weather the deck. Frost, salt, and other debris can wreak havoc on your deck. As the weather begins to warm up and frost is no longer a worry, it’s the prime time to get going on your deck restoration! There are several tasks to check off your list before you can safely have kids and friends stomping on the deck. Let’s explore how you can DIY your deck restoration like a pro!

DIY Deck Restoration

Whether you have a fresh deck laid out on your property or you’re looking to get a new setup installed, we’re here to help you restore it to look good as new! It just takes time, patience, and some expenses to have the necessary tools to restore your neglected deck.

deck restoration

Some tools that you may require:

If you’re new to DIY home repairs, you may also find our “10 Must-Have Tools for Homeowners” an insightful blog to read!

Tip #1: Move all your furniture, planters, barbeque, etc

First and foremost, in order to keep your belongings safe from the abrasive solutions used for cleaning, you’ll want to move all of your deck furniture, toys, and everything else away from the deck. You don’t want any of the cleaning solutions discolouring, deteriorating, and causing health hazards for little ones.

Tip #2: Prepare your deck by cleaning it thoroughly

Next, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the deck. Although using a pressure washer will be the quickest and most efficient way to break up all of the muck, algae, moss, and debris, you can also successfully clean your deck without one!

deck restoration

If you do have a pressure washer, fantastic! Have it ready to go for your detailed cleaning process.

Cleaning Solutions

There are several options to choose from. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from abrasive chemicals and splinters.

deck restoration

There are several options to choose from. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from abrasive chemicals and splinters.

 

If you’re strapped for cash, you could use household products:

If you’re looking to get help with your desk restoration, we’re here for you:

Tip #3: Tighten/Remove screws and replace deck wood where necessary

deck restoration

Do a walkthrough to test your deck boards, joists, railings, support posts, and other parts of your deck. You’ll want to check for any rusty, loose, or uneven parts, as well as missing screws and sharp edges. Make sure you replace decking boards and screws where it’s necessary for your household’s safety.

Tip #4: Create smooth surfaces with sandpaper

This one is optional but if you’re planning to finish the decking boards and railings, sanding will be necessary to make sure the paint can absorb effortlessly.


Before you begin, be sure that your surfaces are completely dry to make your life a little bit easier. And always put on your safety goggles and a dust mask. Inhaling the dust can cause respiratory irritations.

orbital sander deck

If you don’t have an orbital sander, you can sand the surfaces by hand. Please note: Sanding by hand can be very time-consuming. You could always ask around your neighbours and friends if anyone has an orbital sander! If you don’t know anyone who has one available, you may be able to rent one from a home center near you.

 

When you’re happy with the smooth surfaces, vacuum all of the dust from your deck. Sweeping is not recommended as the dust can slip through the cracks and additionally, it can become airborne.

We hope this article isn’t daunting for you! If you prefer professionals to get particular services done, we got you covered:

Tip #5: Second round of cleaning your deck

Sorry to say but it’s cleaning time again! Before you add any wood finish to your surfaces, you’ll want to make sure the wood is impeccably clean. The reason is, wood is porous. You want the finish to absorb effortlessly and evenly through the wood. It’ll also help with the longevity of your finish. It’s time to repeat “Tip #2”.

Tip #6: Stain your deck

Firstly check to see if your decking is completely dry. If you’re uncertain, put a couple of drops of water on your decking to see how fast the wood absorbs the water. If it’s dry to the touch, it’s dry. Next, make sure you look at your local weather forecast before you get going with staining. Typically, it takes about 2 days for the stain to fully set and dry, depending on your location.

If the weather looks clear and warm, you’re good to go! Always start with your railings and cap rails. Work from top to bottom so you don’t tread on the freshly stained decking.

remove the painter’s tape! Voila!

Importance of Regular Deck Maintenance

Now that you’re done with your deck restoration, it’s important to note how to keep up with general maintenance to ensure the longevity of your deck. 

 

  • Occasionally move your deck furniture, planters, and barbeque to protect your deck from mildew and discolouration
  • If you notice that your deck is looking extremely dry and brittle, it may be time to perform the above steps again.
general maintenance deck
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your home repairs, maintenance, and installation at 604-253-7377.
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your home repairs, maintenance, and installation at 604-253-7377.
Wrap It Up

To sum it up, deck restoration takes hard work, patience, and time but you’ll certainly save some money doing it yourself. Gather your household to help you. Perhaps you can get your friends and family to contribute to the revamp of your deck!

We hope this blog post was informative for you!

 

We’d love to hear from you: How often do you do your deck restoration?
What’s your go-to stain for your deck?

 

Share your tips and tricks over on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you on our social media!

Barbeque season is fast approaching. Is your deck ready to host gatherings? Winter can weather the deck. Frost, salt, and other debris can wreak havoc on your deck. As the weather begins to warm up and frost is no longer a worry, it’s the prime time to get going on your deck restoration! There are several tasks to check off your list before you can safely have kids and friends stomping on the deck. Let’s explore how you can DIY your deck restoration like a pro!

DIY Deck Restoration

Whether you have a fresh deck laid out on your property or you’re looking to get a new setup installed, we’re here to help you restore it to look good as new! It just takes time, patience, and some expenses to have the necessary tools to restore your neglected deck.

deck restoration

Some tools that you may require:

If you’re new to DIY home repairs, you may also find our “10 Must-Have Tools for Homeowners” an insightful blog to read!

Tip #1: Move all your furniture, planters, barbeque, etc

First and foremost, in order to keep your belongings safe from the abrasive solutions used for cleaning, you’ll want to move all of your deck furniture, toys, and everything else away from the deck. You don’t want any of the cleaning solutions discolouring, deteriorating, and causing health hazards for little ones.

Tip #2: Prepare your deck by cleaning it thoroughly

Next, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the deck. Although using a pressure washer will be the quickest and most efficient way to break up all of the muck, algae, moss, and debris, you can also successfully clean your deck without one!

deck restoration

If you do have a pressure washer, fantastic! Have it ready to go for your detailed cleaning process.

Cleaning Solutions

There are several options to choose from. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from abrasive chemicals and splinters.

deck restoration

There are several options to choose from. Always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from abrasive chemicals and splinters.

 

If you’re strapped for cash, you could use household products:

Tip #3: Tighten/Remove screws and replace deck wood where necessary

deck restoration

Do a walkthrough to test your deck boards, joists, railings, support posts, and other parts of your deck. You’ll want to check for any rusty, loose, or uneven parts, as well as missing screws and sharp edges. Make sure you replace decking boards and screws where it’s necessary for your household’s safety.

If you’re looking to get help with your desk restoration, we’re here for you:

Tip #4: Create smooth surfaces with sandpaper

This one is optional but if you’re planning to finish the decking boards and railings, sanding will be necessary to make sure the paint can absorb effortlessly.


Before you begin, be sure that your surfaces are completely dry to make your life a little bit easier. And always put on your safety goggles and a dust mask. Inhaling the dust can cause respiratory irritations.

orbital sander deck

If you don’t have an orbital sander, you can sand the surfaces by hand. Please note: Sanding by hand can be very time-consuming. You could always ask around your neighbours and friends if anyone has an orbital sander! If you don’t know anyone who has one available, you may be able to rent one from a home center near you.

 

When you’re happy with the smooth surfaces, vacuum all of the dust from your deck. Sweeping is not recommended as the dust can slip through the cracks and additionally, it can become airborne.

We hope this article isn’t daunting for you! If you prefer professionals to get particular services done, we got you covered:

Tip #5: Second round of cleaning your deck

Sorry to say but it’s cleaning time again! Before you add any wood finish to your surfaces, you’ll want to make sure the wood is impeccably clean. The reason is, wood is porous. You want the finish to absorb effortlessly and evenly through the wood. It’ll also help with the longevity of your finish. It’s time to repeat “Tip #2”.

Tip #6: Stain your deck

Firstly check to see if your decking is completely dry. If you’re uncertain, put a couple of drops of water on your decking to see how fast the wood absorbs the water. If it’s dry to the touch, it’s dry. Next, make sure you look at your local weather forecast before you get going with staining. Typically, it takes about 2 days for the stain to fully set and dry, depending on your location.

If the weather looks clear and warm, you’re good to go! Always start with your railings and cap rails. Work from top to bottom so you don’t tread on the freshly stained decking.

remove the painter’s tape! Voila!

Importance of Regular Deck Maintenance

Now that you’re done with your deck restoration, it’s important to note how to keep up with general maintenance to ensure the longevity of your deck. 

 

  • Occasionally move your deck furniture, planters, and barbeque to protect your deck from mildew and discolouration
  • If you notice that your deck is looking extremely dry and brittle, it may be time to perform the above steps again.
general maintenance deck
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your home repairs, maintenance, and installation at 604-253-7377.
Call High Mark One Call's expert technicians to schedule your home repairs, maintenance, and installation at 604-253-7377.
Wrap It Up

To sum it up, deck restoration takes hard work, patience, and time but you’ll certainly save some money doing it yourself. Gather your household to help you. Perhaps you can get your friends and family to contribute to the revamp of your deck!

We hope this blog post was informative for you!

 

We’d love to hear from you: How often do you do your deck restoration?
What’s your go-to stain for your deck?

 

Share your tips and tricks over on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you on our social media!

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