At risk of stating the obvious, one of the greatest benefits of a deck or patio is that it is outside. It’s a place to enjoy the great outdoors, spend time with family, grill great food, read an awesome book… you fill in the blank there with your favorite activity.
This great asset of being outdoors, however, is also your deck’s largest threat. Especially here in New England, the weather and fluctuating temperatures will truly put your exterior wood through the ringer, making maintenance and refinishing a must if you want to keep ahead of the damage.
The Power of Deck Staining
Recently we had the opportunity to tackle a deck refinishing project in Barrington, NH. In this case, the wood had not been maintained in a number of years, so we had a lot of catching up to do. Thanks to a combination of everything from direct sunlight to heavy snow, the coat of semi-transparent stain that had been applied years before was basically unrecognizable. We took the following steps to bring this space back to life:
First we removed what was left of the original stain, using a material called Restore A Deck. Sounds appropriate, right? The other benefit of using this product is that it prepares the pressure-treated surface for the fresh layer of new stain.
Next we sanded the surfaces, including the railings. Older decks can become splinter factories, and nobody wants that. Plus, a fresh sanding will help to open the grain.
We then applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat semi-solid stain in Chestunut Brown. For the spindles we used a sprayer, and for the deck we used a grooved stain applicator. This allows for full, even coverage.
Take a look at the photos below and let us know what you think! And, if you have any questions about our professional painting and staining services, please feel free to contact us. We would love the opportunity to help!