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hamscam 10-30-2012 02:45 PM

Decking worth saving?
 
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Hey there. I was going to do a bit of a restoration project on my deck. It's not too bad however it could look better. Is this decking worth saving (pictures to follow) by sanding down and staining or should I replace them with new wood. Many of these boards have cracks and small pits in them. Thanks!

joecaption 10-30-2012 02:48 PM

Looks like that decking was alowed to go to long without protection and it's shot.
If you do chose to redo it now would be a good time. That would give it plenty of time to dry out before staining it.
Next time use ceramic coated decking screws not nails.

antlerdancer 10-30-2012 03:00 PM

Maybe You could remove a couple of boards and see what the other side looks like? Flippin them could buy You somemore time:thumbsup:

Beepster 10-30-2012 03:02 PM

I've seen worse. Is it just cracked and not rotting? Try the smallest can of solid deck stain you can buy and apply to a few boards to see what it looks like. Only be out a couple dollars if not look good.

What does the bottom side of the boards look like? Maybe flip if not rotting.

Agreed, use decking screws. Some people are just too cheap and lazy.

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funfool 10-30-2012 03:09 PM

Will never look new with condition it is in, as said, went to long without protection.
Would look better with a good cleaning and a good sealing,
See if you can live with the look, Unless is rotted and cant tell from photos, is just weather damage and not a safety issue.
[DISCLAIMER] without being there and looking at it, I just think it is not structural damage, just weather.

If you are not satisfied with how it looks after sealing it, pry up the deck boards and turn them over. Chances are they will look like brand new, clean and seal again and both sides are sealed now. :wink:

My deck is from a customers old deck I tore out and replaced with composite, one side is weathered and the bottom side looks like new.

funfool 10-30-2012 03:11 PM

I type slow, but laughing to see we all thinking same thing

woodworkbykirk 10-30-2012 06:42 PM

the idea of flipping the boards can work in theory.. the only thing is how cleanly will the old fasteners come out


the other thing i would do is pressure wash it right after installing it to get all the dirt and grime that got between the boards and sat on the edges of hte joists off

user1007 10-30-2012 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Beepster (Post 1041135)
I've seen worse. Is it just cracked and not rotting? Try the smallest can of solid deck stain you can buy and apply to a few boards to see what it looks like. Only be out a couple dollars if not look good.

I know some solid stains say you can use them on horizontal decking surfaces but they have lots of pigment and I think you are asking for trouble. I would not go any more opaque than a semi-solid stain and even then only as a last resort.

Whatever you do, if you seal, do not use a waxed based product like Thompson's Water Seal or you will be sorry.

I agree your challenge in seeing what is on the other side of the boards is going to be getting the nails out without doing damage to the wood. You may have to think about cutting them off with a sawsall.

FrankSmith 10-30-2012 07:49 PM

I have demoed many decks and can not imagine what method you would use to remove the boards in order to flip them. I can't say I have ever heard of that method being used. I have seen a product for covering decks that is very thick and is almost sanded. I would recommend considering that product. It will fill in the cracking and seal the boards.


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