About Deck DisposalNow, if it’s really showing signs of serious wear and tear, it’s probably time to take it apart and either replace it with a new wood deck or go with another fixture. Should this be the case, you’ll need to dispose of demolition debris. To make this easy, just have a junk hauling service come and pick it all up and take it away.
Following are some techniques you can use to give an old deck a new lease on life, or to help maintain the look of a new one. A project like this can be done in two days, but it’s best to spread the work over two weekends to ensure the wood is completely dry before you apply stain. —This Old HouseDon’t put that wood out on the curb because that’s where it will stay, since it’s coated with sealant, paint, full of nails, screws, bolts, and more. You can’t make a bonfire out of it, either since that’s too dangerous. (The treated wood contains hazardous materials.) So, don’t go with that wild idea and do not go the illegal dumping route since that’s just too big a risk.
Deck Restoration Guide for Wakulla Springs and BeyondIf it’s salvageable, you can give that old wood deck new life with a bit of tender loving care. Here’s a helpful overview of how to do an old wood deck restoration:
- Clear the deck. It all begins with a blank slate. (Also, you need an empty space to work freely and without safety hazards.) Clear the deck of any furniture, cooking equipment, decor, and everything else. Leave nothing on it so you can work without stopping.
- Replace damaged planks. Once you know that you can restore it, it’s time to replace any and all damaged boards, including the floor planks. Simply remove the damaged planks with a pry bar, and claw hammer, or with a drill-driver, and set them aside to discard. Replace the boards one-by-one thereafter.
- Clean the deck with commercial cleaner. Once the replacements have been made, it’s time to clean the deck with commercial wood cleaner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure it’s cleaned properly.
- Seal the deck and stain to finish. After it’s clean and free of any dirt and debris, you can then apply a coat of sealant, along with paint or stain to finish it.