Flipping deck boards?

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Flipping deck boards?

I have a PT wood deck and the decking boards are really starting to show their age; they're about 15 years old. I have been toying with the idea of of flipping the boards over to get a little more life out of them. I have looked at the underside and they look pretty good.

The boards are applied diagonally and I will have some issues to resolve. First, for the end miters to be correct, I have to flip the boards end for end. That means that the old screw holes will be left open because they won't line up with the joists any more. Second, it seems to me there almost has to be a stain on the bottom side of the boards where they met the joists that would now be exposed. Third, I will need to add additional new boards where there are now splices because the old boards are spiced; I'm not too worried about that because I did replace a board once and it only took a year to weather out and blend in.

Any thoughts? Am I being an idiot to even consider this?
 
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Old 09-26-14, 04:45 AM
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Really will be a test of will versus wood. If the wood was laid correctly, the grain is cupped properly. Once you flip it, it will be cupped incorrectly and will tend to bow on the edges and will splinter more readily. You have named most of the downsides, yourself. Now, upsides. OK, it may give you 3 years of service.
 
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IMO flipping the boards is more trouble than it's worth. I'd clean them up and apply a coat or two of deck stain, maybe switch to a solid deck stain as it has more hiding power. Unless you sanded or planed the boards you'd probably have to use a solid stain if you flip them. The coloring [aging] of the wood will be different where it was exposed and where it set on the joists.
 
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Yeah, the more I think about it, the more I think it may be more trouble than it's worth for a marginal (or worse) appearance. I really don't like staining decking because it's a constant maintenance issue as the stain is "walked off". I really prefer the look of natural, weathered wood even though it means a shorter life. This decking may have lasted a little longer if I had not got a little too aggressive with a pressure washer a couple times about 8 to 10 years ago.
 
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A pressure washer is a great tool for cleaning a deck but should never be the sole means of cleaning. It's better to use a bleach/water solution [add TSP if needed] or a commercially prepared deck cleaner and then rinse with the PWer.
 
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The solution to your lack of interest in staining and maintaining a deck is composite.

I'd throw a solid body stain on now and start looking at replacing the wood.
 
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The only thing I dislike more than stained wood is fake wood/plastic LOL!!!! Well, that and the composites are so hot on bare feet if the sun has been shining on it; at least the ones I've seen. From the looks of things the past ten years, maybe more, I'm in the minority.
 
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A practical solution for hot deck planks is to wear shoes or boots, yes?
 
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