When built and laid properly, decks are stylish, functional and practical additions to any garden. However, if you don’t look after it, it can soon become a moss-covered outdoor space. It can show signs of wear and tear as it ages. Decking boards may also fall victim to cracks, mould and rot.
Some people, when faced with a troublesome deck, will simply choose to replace it. But you don’t have to! It’s entirely possible to repair and revitalise your decking and make it look brand new again with these effective deck repair tips.
How to Repair Your Deck
Make sure your deck is in tip-top shape with this step-by-step process on how to repair decks:
Step 1: Clear
The first step you need to take is to clear your entire deck. Having to move garden furniture every ten minutes or so will tire you out and prolong the entire project. Remove the barbecue grill, your plants, the kids’ garden toys, and any other objects from the decking.
Step 2: Assess and repair
After you have cleared your deck, it’s time to check your deck for damage. This will also help you assess your overall deck repair expenses or cost.
Look for any loose nails or screws. The best way to fix them is to remove old, rusted ones and replace them with new ones. Additionally, check the decking boards and railings for signs of rot. A good way to determine its current state is through the screwdriver test. If you can push a screwdriver into the wood, then it will need to be replaced. Unless you can replace the boards and railings on your own, you may need to enlist the help of a decking service provider to replace them.
Step 3: Cleanse
Now, it’s time to push your sleeves up and get to doing the real work. If you have previously stained, oiled, painted, or varnished the decking and want it to return to its natural shade or state, you will need to strip and sand its surface before applying deck cleaner.
Once you’ve stripped and sanded your decking, you can directly apply deck cleaner to the timber. If you can’t find a specialty wood deck cleaner, you can create a gentle yet effective cleaning solution with liquid dish soap and warm water.
Step 4: Scrub
Apply the deck cleaner to small areas of your and then scrub thoroughly across the wood’s grooves. Once you’ve scrubbed the decking, use a hose with a jet sprayer or a pressure washer to remove any residue left by the cleaning product.
Step 5: Reseal
Once your deck is squeaky clean, you need to let it dry for at least 24 hours. When it’s dry, you can begin painting it with a brush or sprayer and then reapply your choice of finish to the wooden surface.
Pro-tip: Start in the farthest corner so you don’t have to walk back over before the paint and finish dry. Apply further coats if necessary.
Maintenance Tips After Your Wood Deck Cleaning and Repair
Your deck braves natural elements such as the sun, rain and wind. To keep it in good shape, take note of the simple ways you can maintain the beauty and functionality of your wood deck:
- Remove and replace any popped screws and nails.
- Immediately replace or repair loose railings to avoid hazards.
- Regularly rinse your wood deck with mild liquid soap or detergent in water to clean everyday dirt. You may also have your deck pressure washed.
- Rinse the deck with mineral spirits to remove tree saps and deck stains.
- If possible, do not apply clear finishes to wooden decks. They may deteriorate or pool in direct sun and moisture.
For more deck repair tips, contact Green Oasis Landscaping. We are always on hand to help you with decking projects so you can elevate your home’s outdoor space.