When you have a lovely wooden deck, you can host wonderful picnics there for your family and friends during summers. However, the harsh winter might have left your deck in need of some work. If the exposed wood needs to be refinished, the late spring is the best time to do it, because soon enough it will be too hot to work in the sun.
Now is the right time for re-staining your deck, just in time for hosting all the picnics and barbeques you want. You can enjoy the spring sunshine and make it a weekend project. You will have the satisfaction of having done something around the home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it. Every time you use the deck, you will feel the thrill of having done something for your home. Refinishing a deck is a simple task, and can be done in a weekend.
Picking the Product
Many experts feel that one of the best products for staining the deck is a solid stain. That’s because it offers the most UV protection from the sun’s damaging rays. It is essential to choose a good quality stain that will withstand the rigors of the climate when it is exposed to it. In places where the summers are hot and the winters are cold, or there is excessive humidity and rainfall, it is essential to select the best protection possible. If you choose a good stain for your staining of the deck, there is a good chance that it will last for several years before maintenance coats are required.
Choose the time for the refinishing carefully. The weather should be relatively mild, with the days not-too-hot, as this will make the stain dry out too quickly, and the nights should be not-too-cold or damp as this will hinder the drying process. You have to prepare the deck by giving it a good cleaning and fixing any loose boards or driving in any nails and fasteners. Scrub the deck with a thick-bristled brush, dipped in a commercial cleaning product or one part bleach and three parts water. Any stubborn mildew or stain has to be treated appropriately, maybe with a pressure washer, before you start the staining process.
While applying the stain, use a brush with synthetic bristles for an acrylic based product and a brush with natural bristles for alkyd based stains. Paint the vertical parts like posts and railings first, before moving on to the actual boards. If you are using a roller, also use a brush later to work the stain into the wood grain, and apply a minimum of 2-3 coats, letting your deck dry between coats. Remember the sides and the ends of your deck planks, or else your deck will look like a work in progress.
If you live in a hot and humid place like Jacksonville, Florida, then your deck will need a bit more love and care. If you don’t have the time to do the staining yourself, you can employ an agency such as First Coast Home Pros that provides cleaning and refinishing at reasonable rates. Your deck will look professionally finished and it will be money well-spent.
At First Coast Home Pros., we love being of service to our customers and go all out to ensure that they love our work. This work commitment and ethics has helped us to gain a good reputation in the communities in and around Jacksonville, Florida, which has helped us to win many awards. Our mission is to be the first and only company to enter your home for any cleaning or fixing service you need. We offer the full range of residential and commercial services. So call us today for a free and no-obligation quote!