Restore Your Neglected Deck with These 3 Home Improvement Tips
Summer is just around the corner! Is your deck polished and ready for endless barbecues, parties, and celebrations? With a quick trip to your local hardware store, you can pick up all the supplies you need to completely restore your neglected deck.
Below, we have compiled a few different home improvement tips that you can use to tackle this simple home improvement project on your own.
1. Clean or Power Wash Your Deck
Cleaning your deck with a power tool, such as a power washer will ensure the best results. There are many different types of power washers that offer different capabilities, but with any model, here’s how to get the best results for you deck.
Start by removing all objects from your deck, including furniture, decor accents, flower pots, and hoses and give your deck a quick sweep. Cover nearby plants, electrical components, and light fixtures, as spray can damage them.
At your local hardware store, pick up a wood cleaner that is designed for pressure washing and apply it all over the deck, railings, and fences. Using a broom, sweep the cleaner evenly over your main surface. After, you’re now ready for pressure washing. Following the wood grain, spray water along the complete surface of your deck.
You should get a fresh, clean result that has wiped away dirt, grime, and other buildup that has occurred over fall, winter and spring.
2. Give it a Fresh Stain
When your deck is completely cleaned and dried, you might want to consider giving it a fresh stain. Over time, weather can cause your deck’s stain to fade. By applying a fresh coat of wood stain over your deck, you can give it an entirely new look.
For the best results, pick up a bristle brush and your favorite color stain from your local hardware store. By using a bristle brush, you can ensure that the stain gets it every nook and cranny of the wood’s grain.
There are many different types and colors of stain out there that it can be difficult to know which is right for your deck. Before you stain your entire deck, you might consider staining a small portion to ensure you are pleased with the result.
3. Replace Damaged or Cracked Lumber
In some cases, we see homeowners that struggle with a section or just a few panels of lumber that have been rotted. This can be a result from water damage cause by planters, hoses, or other wet materials that frequently stay on top of your deck.
Picking up a few planks of lumber can help you restore the overall appearance of your deck to ensure your hard work lasts all summer.
Removing the rotted or damaged boards can be tricky. It is important to be careful in this process to ensure that you can salvage as much wood as possible. If you can get underneath your deck, try pounding upwards on the planks that need to be removed.
If you cannot get underneath your deck, try removing all of the nails from the plank and lifting the board from the end. Because the plank is rotted, it should budge quite easily.
You can easily replace the sections or planks that have been rotted by picking up some fresh lumber and stain from your local hardware store.