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How to Embrace Your Antiqued Deck and Make Sure It’s Safe

How to Embrace Your Antiqued Deck and Make Sure It’s Safe

Older decking can add character to a home, HOA common area, or outdoor seating areas on commercial properties. But left unattended, antiqued decking can become an eyesore, or worse, a safety hazard. Here are our suggestions for how to plan and preserve the beauty of your wooden decking and help it stand the test of time.

How to Ensure Your Deck Is Safe

Stain Your Deck Regularly

If it’s been more than two to three years since your deck was stained, or if you can’t remember the last time you had deck staining done, it’s time to move that to the top of your to-do list. Staining protects your decking from moisture damage, discoloration, and decay. It’s a must to invest in regular, professional deck staining to protect the structural integrity of antiqued decking.

  • If you’re trying to decide whether to stain or paint decking, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Deck painting gives more coverage to imperfections, but it can hide problems under its surface.

  • Natural wood staining preserves the original look and finish of your wood, but imperfections will be more visible since stain is not opaque.

There isn’t a right or wrong answer; it’s really a matter of personal taste. As long as your decking is regularly treated with paint or stain, you’ll have long-lasting, beautiful results that will allow you to enjoy your decking for years to come.

Know the Signs of Wood Rot

Deck maintenance and care must be regular and diligent to avoid structural deterioration, collapse, and the accompanying stress and safety risks. If you’ve noticed:

  • Damaged or decaying boards, railings, or fixtures

  • Large patches of spore dust

  • Fine strands (hyphae), wool-like cushions, or fungi growth

  • Musty or damp smells

  • Vulnerable, weak spots in decking

  • Darkening or discoloration

  • Cracking or crumbling wood

The wood in your deck is rotting. Though moisture is a very common cause of wood rot, dry rot is possible, too. Wood rot can spread. And it can become a health hazard depending on where it is and how extensive it is. We recommend professional deck rot repair and replacement to protect yourself, your decking, and anyone living on or visiting your property.

Consider Professional Refinishing Before Replacement

Deck refinishing is an alternative to replacement that allows you to get back to enjoying your deck sooner. DIY deck refinishing can quickly become a longer, more expensive, and riskier project than you planned. On the other hand, professional deck refinishing has the following benefits:

  • Accurate project management and planning

  • Knowledge of structural soundness of decking and how to identify weak spots, damage, and vulnerabilities that may be lurking below the surface of paint and stain

  • Correct application of deck stripping, staining, priming, or painting products, tools, and techniques

  • Knowledge of how to match existing deck stain and paint colors

  • Efficient timing and safe completion of decking projects

Hiring exterior painters from Trico Painting means giving your old and antiqued decking the best of care and ensuring it lasts as long as possible. We’ll be sure to assess the condition of deck flooring, railing, stairs, and fixtures before beginning the project. Depending on the decking condition and your creative vision, we’ll recommend a beautiful paint color or natural wood stain.

We’ll remove any structural damage and ensure all decking surfaces are in optimal condition to receive paint or stain through expert deck stripping, pressure washing, and priming.

Decking projects are planned when we know the weather will help with optimal drying, and we allow ample drying time between the stages of your decking project, so your finishes are smooth, seamless, and durable. Don’t wait until guests are on their way to improve your antique decking. Contact Trico Painting for your deck painting or staining estimate today.