A wood deck is designed to provide a home with more outdoor entertaining space and improve backyard aesthetics. Over time, weather elements and traffic take their toll and signs of wear and tear become evident. Wood begins to crack, warp, and fade. This makes it unsightly, and, in some instances, unsafe. Warped boards can pose tripping hazards, while loose boards can come completely dislodged.
The good news is, you don’t have to be a master woodworker or skilled contractor to restore an old wood deck. All you need is some common tools and a weekend or two to bring your deck back to its former glory. Or, you can outright dismantle it and built another.
How to Do an Old Wood Deck Restoration
Before you begin the project, it’s best to be in-the-know about its real condition. Inspect it from all angles to look for mold, mildew, pest infestation, and wood rot. You’ll likely come across a few small problems, but if you find there’s significant rot, you’ll have to pull the wood out and dispose of it. If this is the case, just phone a junk hauling and removal service to do it for you. This will save time, effort, and money.
Following are some techniques you can use to give an old deck a new lease on life, or to help maintain the look of a new one. A project like this can be done in two days, but it’s best to spread the work over two weekends to ensure the wood is completely dry before you apply stain. —This Old House
Should it be in acceptable condition, enlist the help of a family member or friend. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you begin lugging all your tools and supplies out. When you are ready, simply follow these steps to restore your wood deck:
- Gather your tools and supplies. You’ll need a broom and/or leaf blower, drill-driver, pry bar, replacement planks or boards, eye protection, circular saw or table saw, leather gloves, screws, commercial wood deck cleaner, bucket, garden hose, scrub brushes or brooms, paint tray and roller, and latex waterproofing stain.
- Clear the deck off completely. Remove anything and everything from the deck. This includes furniture, outdoor decor, and anything that’s not part of the fixture. Then, sweep it off and/or use a leaf blower to clear any surface debris.
- Replace any boards as necessary. Next, you should begin to take-up and replace any boards that are loose, warped, or cracked. Set the damaged planks well aside to avoid tripping and use a circular saw or table saw to cut to length. Remember, measure twice and cut once and then fasten the cuts into place with screws and a drill-driver.
- Clean the deck with commercial cleaner. Once the replacements have been made, it’s time to clean the deck with commercial wood cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure it’s cleaned properly.
- Seal and stain the wood to protect it. After the deck has dried, then apply a coat of latex waterproofing stain to treat and color the wood for longevity and looks. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and it might be necessary to apply more than one coat.
When the latex waterproofing stain has set and dried, you can then put back any items that were previously on the deck. You’ll then be able to enjoy this refurbished deck outdoor space for many years to come! If you decide to take it down, just schedule debris clean up and have it all hauled away.