Deck RestoreTM is one of the most popular water based deck stains because it provides a durable coating and is designed to mask the board which gives it better protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays and moisture. However, if you want to get this protection, you need to apply two coatings of deck restore. Doing this will not consume most of your time because deck restore dries up quickly. Once you’ve finished applying the first coat, you just need to wait for three to six hours before applying the second coating.
Deck RestoreTM is manufactured by Synta Corporation; a company that manufactures and distributes deck restore products. It sells deck restore in one gallon containers or five gallon containers and the price per gallon ranges from 70 to 100 dollars. A gallon of this product can cover approximately 100 square feet of wood.
As mentioned earlier, water based products do not penetrate well on wood (check out our comparison table). With deck restore, this is not going to be a problem because it has been proven that this stain penetrates well on wood. Despite this fact, you can still remove it with the use of water and soap. Our article about Rust-Oleum Deck Restore goes more in depth about this products.
Deck Replacement or Restoration?
Currently, there are two ways of renovation i.e. restoration and replacement. In deck restoration, the deck is cleaned first and thereafter new coating is applied. On the other hand, in deck replacement is completely replaced by new pieces of hardwood. Here’s a more concrete discussion on deck restore and replacement.
A deck will require replacement when there is a serious structural damages or when it is in a very poor condition. Normally, the help of a professional is needed to determine whether or not the deck is already damaged and if it is indeed damaged the extent thereof. Nevertheless, if you want to know the condition try looking at the joists, beams, boards and posts. If they have decayed, it means that your deck is already damaged and replacement might be necessary.
When there are no structural damages and the frame is still intact, deck restoration would suffice. Actually, restoration is done by homeowners who want to improve the appearance of their deck. It is also done when any of the following instances occur ( in general we advise to maintain your deck):
Drying and Wood Contraction
Moisture, which is the result of a heavy rain or snow, is usually absorbed by wood. Once the wood is exposed to sun light or heat, said moisture evaporates and this causes drying, wood contraction and shrinking. Wood contraction, in turn, can lead to misaligned planks and warping.
Constant exposure of the hardwood to the heat of the sun causes bleaching which gives it a very dry and dull appearance.
Dirt and Foot Traffic
Exposure to elements isn’t the only factor that causes the wear and tear of wood because every time you step on it, dirt is rubbed on the surface of the wood which alters its overall appearance.
Choosing Between Deck Restore and Deck Replacement
Which option is better: deck restoration or replacement? This is probably the first question that will pop out of your mind when thinking about renovatio.
The answer to this question will actually depend on the condition of your deck and your purpose for renovating it. As already mentioned earlier, if the deck is in good condition and your only purpose for renovating it is to improve its appearance, restoration is the right choice for you. But if it is totally destroyed, replacement is necessary.
In reality, however, what homeowners usually do is to replace the part of the deck frame that has been destroyed and the floor boards that have started to warp or slip. After doing this, they would then apply stains and protective coatings in order to restore the wood back to its original condition and protect it from mildew, water damage and destructive ultraviolet rays. By doing these things, they were able to save a lot of time, money and resources.
Considering this, your best option is to repair the parts of your deck that are damaged and restore it afterwards. This will prevent your deck from being destroyed beyond repair which is a good thing because you will avoid spending too much on replacing it entirely.
Deck Restore? How?
Deck restoration is a very simple home improvement project that you can do by yourself. It involves three phases which you can finish in two weekends of work. Phase one involves preparatory work, phase two involves deck cleaning and phase three involves staining and sealing. A more detailed explanation of these phases is found below:
Phase One: Preparatory Work
Step One: Clear your deck of any movable objects such as chairs, benches, tables, grill and plants. If there are any debris and surface dirt, remove them with the use of a leaf blower.
Step Two: Check if there are any screws sticking up above the wood surface. If you find one, remove the screw and replace it with a longer decking screw.
Step Three: Get an awl and poke it into the boards that seem to have rotten or decayed. If the damage to the board is less than one half (1/2) inch deep, you can leave it as is. Otherwise, remove the deck board and replace it with a new one.
Step Four: Scrape the little spaces in between the boards with the use of a putty knife in order to remove any build-up of debris and dirt.
Phase Two: Cleaning
Step One: Pour a small amount of deck cleaner onto the surface of the deck boards. If the cleaner is water based, get a bucket of water and mix it there. After doing this, pour the mixture onto the surface of the boards.
Step Two: Scrub the surface of the boards with the use of a sponge mop. To make sure that the entire deck is scrubbed, work section by section.
Step Three: Rinse the entire deck thoroughly with a pressure washer. While using the pressure washer, see to it that the pressure is not too high and the sprayer is several feet away from the surface of the boards in order to avoid possible damages.
Step Four: Wait for the it to dry. The normal drying period is one around day but in extreme cases, it can take up to three days. While waiting, look for broken or uneven planks and replace them.
Phase Three: Staining and Coating
Step One: The first part that you should stain is the railings. But before doing this, place paper, drop cloth or cardboard below the railings to protect the boards from any drips. Stain the railings with a paint brush.
Step Two: After staining the railings, you can now stain the floor. Pour stain onto the surface of the deck boards and spread it with a paint roller. Do this section by section until the whole deck is totally stained.