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The Top 4 Ways to Revamp Your Deck


It's no secret that adding decking to your garden is a great way to revitalize your outdoor space, but what do you do when it starts to look a little aged? Luckily, there are actually numerous things you can do to achieve that brand-new look all over again. If you're looking to prepare your decking for summer, but you aren't sure how, then you are in the right place. 

In this guide, we'll take you through the top four ways you can revamp your deck. Most of them can be done entirely by yourself. Deck maintenance might seem like a chore, but the rewards of a well-kept decking are worth it, especially once you can show off to your guests. Read on to learn more!

Give the Boards a Thorough Cleaning

The very first thing you should do before attempting anything else is to give your deck a bit of TLC. Accumulated dirt can really age your decking in appearance. Not only that, but if you choose to re-paint or re-stain your boards (more on this below), then it will not settle as well on a dirty surface. It is mostly recommended that you jet-wash your deck twice a year. This way, you can keep it looking its best for longer. 

Re-Stain the Boards

You may not have even noticed, as this problem occurs over an extended period, but your deck boards will have faded over the years. Their original glossy tones will have given way to paler, less impressive wood beneath. Luckily, this problem is easily rectified. Simply re-apply a clear stain or oil to the entire deck using brushes or rollers, and you're good to go.

NOTE: The decking must be clean before applying oil or stain, and it is best to do this during the drier months. Following a jet wash, you should wait at least 48 hours for the boards to truly dry before applying any topical product. 

Sand the Boards

If you want to really give your deck new life, sanding is one of the best options. This is especially true if you plan to re-apply a stain afterward, as the freshly smoothed surface will enhance the decking's sheen. When you come to choose a sander for a deck, you must select the right one. Different sanders possess different functions and applications. Do some online research on your sander before purchase to ensure it is appropriate for your decking!

Replace the Boards Entirely

This is by far the most drastic suggestion on our list and the only one that should require outside help, but it can also yield the most rewards! Installing new boards is the ideal suggestion if your deck has been without love for quite some time. Unfortunately, a good clean and sanding won't fix broken or dilapidated boards. 

Luckily, installing new boards isn't as expensive as you probably imagine. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime guarantees against rot or other such problems, so make sure to double-check your original purchase material (if you still have it). Your best option is to utilize softwood boards as these are the least expensive. Composite boards can be less slippy in the winter, but they will hike up your overall expense. 

Get Ready for Summer!

Your decking is an undeniably strong addition to your garden, so you should give it the care and attention it deserves. A well-kept deck can last for years on end, even with frequent use. There isn't a better way to spend your summer days than laid out on your decking with a drink in hand. Hopefully, at least one of the tips in this guide has inspired you to renovate your own deck!

1 comment

  1. It's amazing what this kind of upkeep will do. It makes everything look brand new again and with very little effort really.


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