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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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This would be affordable and you can do it your self.
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!
Is this old treated wood? If it is..do 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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