Proper cleaning of a deck will help to keep it in good condition for as long as possible, but in some cases where this has not been performed it becomes necessary to execute a restoration. For most people, this happens when they take on a new property and discover that its previous owners were not careful with their decking, but there can be many causes. Restoring a deck does not need to be difficult at all, and with careful use of products its life can be considerably lengthened and the risk that another restoration will be required later.
The first step is to take a critical eye and fully assess the damage to the structure. This means looking for signs of mold and fungus as well as checking the structure for damaged plants or loose railings. Pieces of wood with problems should be replaced in the first instance, before any more work takes place. The surface of the deck then needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Many homeowners immediately grab their pressure washer for this task but this often does much more harm than good. The high water pressure can cause significant damage to the structure of the wood, creating a rough grainy texture and even removing pieces to create holes. A pressure washer can be used, but needs to be on a low pressure setting and with a side-to-side movement in the same direction as the wood grain. The alternative is to use a scrubbing brush and clean it by hand, ensuring that any cleaning products are rinsed clean away at the end. The deck then needs to be treated with a seal and/or stain. One of the best products on the market at the moment for this is known as Desert Flex. It has numerous advantages over other products while still being incredibly cost effective. It is easy to maintain and quick to apply, as well as drying very quickly thus minimizing disruption. It can also be found in a number of decorative finishes, so no matter what color the deck is to be, a match can be obtained.