Materials 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.
DIY Deck Restoration in ClearwaterIf 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 go about DIY deck restoration:
- Clear it off. Empty the deck completely. Leave nothing on it so you have plenty of uninterrupted room to work. (It’s also necessary to examine every inch of it so you know what’s in-store.)
- Replace damaged boards. Next, remove and replace any damaged boards. Pile the old planks in an out of the way space so they aren’t a tripping hazard. Be sure the replacement wood is pressure treated so it can withstand the outside elements.
- Give it a really good cleaning. Clean it off with water and detergent so it’s free of dirt and debris. Let it dry and then you can seal and stain it to give it a refreshed look.
- 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.