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Deck Restoration FAQ’s

What is deck restoration?

Deck restoration refers to the process of repairing, refinishing, and rejuvenating a worn-out or damaged deck to restore its original appearance and functionality.

Why should I consider deck restoration?

Deck restoration is necessary to prolong the lifespan of your deck, improve its aesthetics, and maintain its structural integrity. It helps prevent further damage, such as rotting, splintering, or warping, and enhances the overall value of your property.

What are the signs that my deck needs restoration?

Common signs that indicate your deck requires restoration include visible cracks, loose or damaged boards, fading or peeling finishes, mold or mildew growth, and general wear and tear.

Can I restore my deck myself, or should I hire professionals?

While minor maintenance tasks can be done by homeowners, deck restoration is a complex process that often requires specialized equipment, expertise, and knowledge. Hiring professionals ensures high-quality results and minimizes the risk of further damage.

How long does deck restoration typically take?

The duration of deck restoration depends on the size of the deck, the extent of damage, and the specific services required. On average, it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to complete a deck restoration project.

What steps are involved in deck restoration?

Deck restoration typically involves cleaning and stripping, sanding, repairing or replacing damaged boards,  and finally applying the new finishes . The exact steps may vary based on the condition of the deck and the specific requirements.

How often should I have my deck restored?

The frequency of deck restoration depends on various factors, such as the type of wood used, the climate, and the level of maintenance. As a general guideline, it is recommended to restore your deck every 5-7 years or as needed.

Do I need to prepare my deck before the restoration process begins?

Yes, preparing the deck is an essential step before starting the restoration process. This typically involves clearing the deck of furniture, plants, and other objects, as well as removing any excesive debris or dirt.

Can I use my deck during the restoration process?

In most cases, it’s recommended to avoid using the deck during the restoration process. This allows the contractors to work efficiently and ensures that the finishes, sealers, or coatings properly adhere to the deck without any interruptions.

How long do I need to wait before using my deck after restoration?

The drying and curing time for the finishes, sealers, or coatings used during the deck restoration process can vary. Your crew leader should provide specific instructions regarding the recommended waiting period before you can safely use the deck again.

What kind of maintenance will my restored deck require?

After the deck restoration is complete, your crew leader will typically provide guidance on the recommended maintenance routine. This may include regular cleaning, reapplication of protective finishes, and periodic inspections to ensure the deck remains in good condition.

Can the deck chemical stripping harm my garden plants?

Our deck restoration process aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We use stripping products that are designed to have minimal impact on surrounding vegetation when applied correctly. By following industry best practices, we take every step to protect your garden plants from harm during the chemical stripping process.

Why Chemical Stripping and not just Traditional Sanding use on my deck restoration project?

When comparing deck chemical stripping to traditional drum sanding, there are several important reasons why chemical stripping is often a better option.

 

Here’s an explanation why:

  1. Preserving deck board thickness and structural integrity: Using a drum sander to remove old finishes from the deck can result in significant material loss. The sanding process removes a layer of the deck board, potentially making it thinner and compromising its strength. Over time, this can weaken the deck and make it less secure for future use. Chemical stripping, on the other hand, removes the old finishes without affecting the board thickness, preserving its structural integrity.

  2. Maintaining the original rounded edges: Decking boards are often designed with rounded edges to promote water runoff and prevent water pooling. This rounded edge profile is essential for maintaining the overall functionality and longevity of the deck. Mechanical sanding with a drum sander can flatten the edges, disrupting this intended design feature. Chemical stripping allows us to remove the old finishes without altering the rounded edges, preserving the deck’s water management system.

  3. Minimizing oversanding and burn spots: Mechanical sanding using a drum sander requires a high level of skill and precision. However, even in the hands of an experienced professional like us, there is a risk of oversanding and creating burn spots on the timber surface because of raised/capped boards. These imperfections can be challenging or even impossible to fix, resulting in an uneven and unattractive appearance. Chemical stripping eliminates the risk of oversanding and burn spots, providing a more consistent and uniform surface by using just a light sand after stripping to remove dead and loose fibres.

By choosing deck chemical stripping over traditional drum sanding, you can ensure that your deck retains its original thickness, structural strength, rounded edges, and a smooth, even surface. This approach not only enhances the longevity and functionality of your deck but also minimizes the potential for future issues that may arise from excessive material removal or surface damage.