Re-Finish our Deck?


Old 02-09-01, 04:00 PM
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Hello! My husband and I are first-time homeowners. We were fortunate enough to purchase our first home with a deck! The deck is approximately 5 years old and is looking a little bleak. By bleak, I mean greyish. Nailheads are also starting to pop out of the flooring.

What would you recommend as far as refinishing it? We know not a thing about decks!

Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-10-01, 03:38 AM
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Nail down the popped nails, pressure-wash it or use a good deck cleaner liquid to clean it.
You can put clear or stained deck sealer on it.
It will probably have to be re-done about every 3 years.
Good Luck!
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The only thing I can add to what Old Guy told you is that you might want to replace the popped nails with 3" galvanized deck screws (put in new locations, not the old nail holes). Those waon't pop out like nails will.
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careful with the pressure washer....

If you use a ressure washer, keep the pressure low. Too high and you will cause the wood to splinter.

Better to use a chemical deck cleaner - one without bleach. Read the labels.

The treat with a quality sealer. Remember..the cheaper the sealer, the more often you'll have to apply it. ie) the cheap stuff cost more in the long run. The really cheap stuff ($8-10/gallon) will last about 3 months. The more expensive stuff ($25/gallon) will last 3 - 15 years depending on how much exposure the deck gets.
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Like BobF suggested, SPLURGE on the sealer. It's not how much you pay, it's how often you pay it!! There are many good sealers out there -- my preference is Super Deck.

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