Saturday, August 1, 2020

Professional Deck Restoration Tips

Pro Deck Restoration & Repair Tips.


Professional Deck Restoration & Repair Tips.


Professional Deck Restoration Tips. You don't think about them until you need them. By that time you likely need a lot of work done and completed to get things working and looking good again. Anyone out there is a homeowner or property renter likely knows that cleaning and staying on top of cleaning and restoring and maintaining your deck is a lot more cost-effective than expensive deck repairs that may come about for not staying on top of basic everyday deck cleaning and maintenance. 

In Calgary Alberta Canada chances are very good that your outdoor deck or decks will very likely be exposed to very harsh summer and winter weather such as freezing temperatures, humidity, heat, and scraping that might come about from you shoveling snow off the top of your deck. Our Exterior Painting Professional Calgary Painters have seen a lot of failed decks. If you live anywhere in Alberta it's fair to say the temperature and the weather will take a good run at your deck year after year. A bit of preventative maintenance and a bit of common sense can help you avoid costly and expensive deck repair and deck restoration.

It doesn't take too much to stay on top of your deck or decks on or around your house. A bit of dusting and cleaning and a bit of maintenance painting or staining every half year or year or so will go a long way to helping you get a lot of long activity out of your deck. Regardless of the elements that may work against your deck lasting as long as possible preventative maintenance and a bit of cleaning and maintenance painting or maintenance staining can mean a difference between getting a couple of years out of your deck or decks and a couple of decades or so out of your deck. 

If money is no object and you can pay to repaint your deck every 6 months or year or so you can likely do whatever it is that you want. If on the other hand you don't have a lot of money to spare and maintenance around the house is not exactly priority number one you can get a lot more out of your deck with basic deck maintenance undertaken every year or so. It really doesn't take much.

If your deck is in bad shape or poor shape not All is lost. With a little bit of inspection and maintenance you can likely get your deck looking as good as it can again. If you've let your deck go completely to the point you likely need new wood it's best to simply replace your deck with new wood. Any type of broken wood should be replaced with new wood.

Professional deck restoration steps.


1. Inspect The Deck For Damaged, Broken, Or Rotten Wood.


The first step in any deck restoration process is to simply see what you're up against. Taking some time and taking good look at the deck to see what you're up against will go a long way to determining what you need to do to restore the deck to looking as good as possible. 

While fail paint and stain products and penetration of the protection coat can cause water and moisture to get into the wood most times the most damage will be done to the flat deck tops or flat railing tops where water sits and pools. Without the protection and coating of the primer and paint or stain products on top of the wood the water will simply get into the wood. You should look for all types of wood rot on all surfaces of the deck. 

Some people say to be extra careful and show more due diligence when looking for what rot or the deck is close to the ground and likely to be more exposed to moisture. It really depends on the deck and where the deck is located but you should be making sure that you actually have a safe deck to stand on and work on.

2. Replace Broken Or Cracked Or Rotten Wood With New Wood.


I might seem like basic everyday common sense but you'd be surprised by the amount of people that try to take the cheap way out of deck repair and deck restoration and think a little bit of paint or caulking or wood filler or drydex spackle can fix rotten wood or broken and cracked posts and boards and make up a deck and railing. 

It's always best not to take any chances. if you see any broken or cracked or rotten wood on your deck while you are reviewing for damage it's always best to get new wood into place. It's a cheap fix cost-wise and will have that biggest impact. It will certainly be a lot cheaper to head out to home Depot or some type of other retail location that you can pick up matching wood to restore your deck with then taking time off to deal with a broken ankle or a broken leg that might come about in an accident. 

It's best not to take any chances. After your inspection is done the best way and the safest way to do good business and a customer and a client for your house and home is to error on the side of caution. Better safe then sorry.

3. Tap Down All Popped Nails & Screw Down Loosened Screws.


Every day usage of your deck and the weather and elements can cause your deck to loosen up. A little bit of preventative maintenance every year so keep your deck in tip top shape. If you've had to replace any wood on your deck and pull out the tools to do so you'll likely have a hammer and a screwdriver handy and nearby. 

Be sure to take a look and all areas of the deck for nails and screws. Where appropriate it is always best to tap down or nail in any popped up nail heads and to screw in and screw down any loosen screws that may have loosened. As fair to say that you should expect to see the odd nail and the odd screw pop up every now and then be sure to hammer and nail it or screw it down into place when doing your maintenance every 6 months or a year or so. 

Staying on top of Pop screws and loose nails is preventative maintenance that you can do that will help keep your deck together longer and save your money up front and in the long run. If you've had the mail in a couple of mails and screw in a couple of screws it's likely good maintenance to do a touch-up or two over top of the nail head or the screw head to seal it up with paint and stain or primer and paint to keep the weather in the elements out and off the top of the screw or nail head where it can make its way into the wood.

4. Deck Scraping & Deck Sanding.


With any type of bad or broken or rotten wood replaced with new wood and all types of nail heads and screw heads nailed in and screwed down and covered up with a couple of coats of primer or paint or stain it's time to give your deck a good scraping and sanding to ready it for dusting and cleaning and painting and staining. 

No matter what type of current coating you have on your desktop, or even if you have none at all, a good scraping and sanding is always required unless the what is in perfect and brand new shape. Take a good look around the desktop and your railings if you have any in the posts for any type of broken or loose paint flakes or stain flakes usually found in trouble areas. 

Make sure you're not aggressive when you are scraping away the stain paint that failed. Most of the cleansing will come from sanding. Simply use the scraper to scrape away any loose flakes of painter primer or stain that might have failed. Be sure that you give those trouble spots an extra good sanding after scraping. For the entire deck top it's best to use a drywall pole sander on a 4 ft to 8 ft extension pole or perhaps a 2 ft to 4 ft extension pole with some low grit sandpaper like 60 grit or 100 grit. 

You don't need to aggressively sand the top it just needs to be roughed up a little bit and sanded down to remove any loose flakes or dirt or debris. Follow this up with a good dusting with a decent brush and be sure to broom up and broom off the top of the deck top.

5. Deck Priming First If Priming & Painting.


As professional fence painters and professional deck painters and stainers we always recommend priming your deck and then painting your deck with two or more coats of paint if you are painting your deck and not staining your deck. Using a high quality wood primer will ready the surfaces of your deck tops and deck railings and deck spindles for top coats of paint. 

Not all people decide or choose to use primer before painting their deck. Depending on the paint you were using you may or may not need to Prime your desktop would or railings or spindles before you paint. Two and one primer and paint products might be a good fit for you. We as painters choose to go with the tried and true method of priming first and then painting. It really depends on your budget and the long activity you expect to get out of your deck. 

For the best results and the best looking results we always recommend that priming first and then Deck Painting a first coat and then deck painting a second coat. Your deck effectively ends up with a coat or two of primer and two or more coats of paint. We do our best to allow adequate dry time between coats of paint before we finish up that painting. 

Trying to Prime and double prime a desktop and railings and spindles and then painting and repainting the same surface areas again in a day is likely not the best way to go about painting your deck. Take your time and if in doubt simply put on a full primer coat and allow things to dry a day or two before getting on with the first coat of paint. You might find that the primer and paint stays wet on the deck and you might get paint on your shoes. Don't be in a rush to Prime and paint your deck.

6. Always Two Coats Of Stain When Deck Staining.


Just like using primer and two or more coats of paint to Prime and paint your deck, if you're thinking about staining your deck you are better off going with two coats of stain. there are a lot of new wood stain products out there that claim to be able to do the job in one coat regardless if this stain is brushed or rolled or sprayed into place. 

As professional deck painters and professional deck stainers we always recommend going with two or more coats of stain on new wood. It's best to complete all of the first coat of your stain job first and allow a day or two for things to dry and soak up into the wood and harden up before adding in the second coat on top of the first coat of stain. It's completely up to the customer. 

Some stain is so good that you really can get away with one coat of stain on your new deck wood that will hold up for years or decades. But any professional deck stainer or deck painter out there can simply take a look at a one coat deck stain job and no for a while just by looking at it it's simply one coat of stain on the deck top. 

For the best results always go with two coats or more of stain when staining your deck. If you actually decide to go with staining your deck you should remember that using stain on your deck will require yearly maintenance every Spring and Summer to help keeping your deck look new. If you fail to follow up with maintenance on your deck your stain job will fail and you will need new wood and new boards and a bunch of staining again to get everything replaced and looking matched to the rest of everything. 

If in doubt your best bet is to go with a paint job for your deck instead of a stain job for your deck. Using paint on your deck is much less maintenance required on your part and paint is generally cheaper than stain.

7. Touch Ups & Clean up.


Even with one coat or two coat or three coats of primer and paint or stain you will still likely require the odd touch up. It's very easy to miss any potential touch up areas while the paint or stain is still wet and drying. For best results it's always better to wait a couple of days before taking a look at your deck again for a touch-ups. 

Depending on the paint or stain products that you used you might actually have to wait a couple of days before you could safely walk on the deck without making a mess. You should always expect a couple of touch-ups to be found and touched up after a couple of days of dry time. even professional deck painters and Deck stainers with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of deck painting and deck staining jobs still miss the odd area and expect there to be touch-ups along the way. 

Once all the touch-ups are done and you are happy with the job and we simply toss everything in a garbage bag and remove it from your property unless you want to keep any touch-up paint or touch-up stain or brushes or rollers are any of the sundries that we use to complete your job. Any drops or small messes are easily and quickly cleaned with a rag and a little bit of goof off clean up agent and your deck is good to go.

Calgary Deck Restoration.


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