Is it possible to rejuvenate an old deck that has not been treated as we are renting property?

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Posted by: from Brantford
5/19/2018 at 10:03:21 AM

Deck has not be attended to since we moved here 5 years ago. Looks the worst for wear but overall, not in bad shape except for looking very gray from weather and few boards looking a bit rotten and 1 corner uneven. Cannot afford to have a new one put in but wondered if this one could come back to life and be fixed? It is 23 x13'9.

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Date/Time5/20/2018 at 6:54:39 AM

Yes you can get your deck looking good again. Head down to your local rental shop and pickup a floor sander. The one you want has a flat pad approx 16 inch by 16 inch square and with the heavy sanding pads to start will take off the old weathered finish and have the deck looking good. Using this sander the work is done reasonably quickly. You will need 2 people to do the work as the sander is heavy. Good luck with it.

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Date/Time5/20/2018 at 9:25:50 AM

Sanding the deck will remove the coating off of the fasteners they will rust. I would use a good deck wash to brighten up the gray and replace any rotten boards. If you stain the deck it will peel in a few years.

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Date/Time5/20/2018 at 11:02:37 AM


If the deck is still structurally sound (boards are rotten) then all you have to do is sand down the surface of the deck (tedious and time consuming, but not expensive - Dollarama sandpaper will work 40 or 80 grit). If you can get your hands on an electric sander (orbital or rectangular .. belt too, but the belts can be pricey) it'll make the job much much easier on you. After you've sanded off the old stain or just rejuvenated the wood surface get a deck stain and apply. All you need to do is go into Home Depot/Lowe's/Rona/Home Hardware/etc. And give them the dimensions of the deck, you pick what colour you want it tinted and they'll guide you from there as far as application, drying time, upkeep and anything else you may need/want to know.

Hope this helps!

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Date/Time5/20/2018 at 11:15:20 AM

Here's a suggestion on deck stain to use.


- $45.97

One can covers 350sqft and your deck is 322sqft.

Comes in a red labeled can.

Is it possible to rejuvenate an old deck that has not been treated as we are renting property?
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Stefan T from Arrow Landscaping in Hamilton
Date/Time5/20/2018 at 4:26:35 PM

We at Arrow Landscaping don't have a magic wand to bring your deck back to life but would recommend replanking it. Saying that it is grey in most areas means its been around for over 15-20 years and it has almost lost its durability. Power-washing it will only make it drier and have more tendency to crack.

This project we recently did in Mississauga was a re-plank with cedar (27x16)

Is it possible to rejuvenate an old deck that has not been treated as we are renting property?
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Date/Time5/21/2018 at 8:39:24 AM

Hi there,

This is very typical for decks around this 5 year mark. Without any upkeep..

Scrape, power wash, sand. Prime, and re-paint. With exterior paint. Unless you prefer stain.

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Eric from EPISL in Victoria
Date/Time5/21/2018 at 1:23:19 PM

The rotten parts needs to be remove. It could be a safety issue and you probably don't that kind of problem with your renter.

I recommend to replace the necessary and you could apply Liquid Rubber Cool Foot Deck & Dock Coating.

Here is the link;

This would be affordable and you can do it your self.


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Ash in Toronto
Date/Time5/24/2018 at 2:20:55 AM

Yes, but first you should properly check for any other damage, like the rotten parts or if it has cracked or splintered anywhere. You would have to get these parts replaced. Like others have said, sanding will work and won't be very expensive. Good luck!

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Jane in Lansing
Date/Time6/3/2018 at 4:24:51 PM

Is this old treated wood? If it NOT sand it! Wood was treated with CCA before 2004, and that "A" stands for arscenic. The dust created by sanding would be highly toxic. Also - they are not recommending power washing or cleaning old wood as that will also release the arscenic.

Your best option is to tear it down or replace the top boards. Sealing it is also an option, but that will only hold in the CCA for 6 months.

Of course, if this is a deck built after 2004, then sanding is an option...but I would still suggest using proper respiratory precautions.

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