Deck Stain For An Old Wood Deck

8-8-2022
By Jane Malham
Stain For Old Wood Decks

What is Best Stain for Old Wood Deck?

Wood decks can be a beautiful addition to any property but when neglected they can also become an eyesore. When a deck goes too long without being maintained sun and water damage occur. The wood loses its natural oils and becomes very dry and porous. Cracking, splitting, warping, and graying are all signs of an old deck that has not been protected against weathering or stained in years.

Here are the steps needed to make your old tired deck look new again:

Repair First

Do a thorough look over for any rotten boards and replace them. Check for loose boards and railings and tighten these up as well with decking screws. Check the foundation for any structural damage and make the necessary repairs.

Thoroughly Clean Deck

It is not impossible to bring old wood back to life. A little care and maintenance can revive the most neglected decks. If the deck is still in a good structural condition the grayed wood can be cleaned using a wood deck cleaner and pressure washer.

Use a scrub brush or pressure washer with the deck cleaner to remove unwanted mold, mildew, dirt, and graying. The transformation of washing an old deck back to clean again can be amazing. After using a wood cleaner it is good practice to use a wood brightener. While the wood is still wet, apply a wood brightener to the surface to enhance the woods beauty and open the wood pores to allow the stain to penatrate deep into the wood.

Apply Stain

Once the deck dries choose the best stain for an old deck. Because old wood decks are extremely dried out, a wood stain the conditions the wood is essential. We use stains like Sherwin Williams for an old deck. This type of wood stain contains penetrating oils that help rejuvenate the wood cells. These conditioning oils stay deep in the wood to replace the woods lost natural oils.

The stain also contains oils that separate from the conditioning oils. These oils remain on the exposed surface to cure locking in the conditioning oils and providing a layer of protection against weathering. This conditioning of the wood’s cellular structure and weather protection are the keys to reviving an older wood deck.

Maintenance Every 2 Years

Repeat the cleaning and staining of the wood every 2 years to keep up the look and extend the life.

Many deck owners think an old deck may have to be torn down and a new one built to replace it. This is not always the case. Old decks can be cleaned up and coated with stains specifically designed to restore old wood. It may just be possible to bring your old wood deck back to life and get many more years of use out of it.

Call (630) 523-3045 or schedule a free estimate online and restore the look of your deck today.

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