Are you planning on freshening up your old wood deck? It’s important to first conduct a safety check after the winter to make sure that your deck’s structure is sound. Check the area where the deck connects to the home as well as the railings and steps. Look for any loose screws or floorboards. If you are concerned with your deck’s safety, contact Fisher Lumber to do an inspection and repair. If you do not have any safety issues, then it’s time to get staining! Staining your deck is an affordable way to make your deck look new without replacing it entirely. Here are some of our tips to make sure you get the most out of your project.
Choose the Right Deck Cleaner
The first step to staining your deck is to make sure it is completely clean. Remove all furniture from your deck. It’s likely that some furniture or plants can leave stains or discoloration from variable sun exposure. First, sweep and gently hose off any debris on the deck. After that, you’ll want to use a special deck cleaner to remove any stains, mold, mildew, or discoloration. Visit Fisher Hardware for a stain sealer and remover. You may want to talk to one of our salespeople when buying your deck cleaner; different amounts and types of damage may require different types of cleaning supplies. Our salespeople will be able to provide you with the right product.
Choose the Right Stain
While picking up your deck cleaner, also take the time to talk to our salesperson about finding the right stain. The type of stain you choose depends on the color and durability you’re looking for. A clear stain provides less UV protection but will provide an excellent view of the natural wood grain. Toners provide a very light stain that highlights the natural wood grain of your deck and has good durability. Semi-transparent stains provide a rich, pigmented color as well as good durability. Finally, solid color stains cover up wood blemishes with maximum durability. This is a great choice for composite decking.
Choose the Right Project Materials
Before you leave the store, make sure to pick up your project materials! If you don’t already have them, you will need these items:
- Safety goggles
- Garden hose
- Drop cloth
- Sanding sponge
- Stiff synthetic-bristle brush
- 4″ paint brush
- Brush holder
- Extension pole
Get In Touch With Fisher Hardware And Lumber Today
Since 1894, Fisher Lumber and Hardware has been serving homeowners and professional contractors in the Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia areas with top quality lumber, building materials, tools, and accessories. Operating under the same ownership since 1947, our business has been built on our reputation with our customers. Get in touch with us today by calling 301-424-6500 or by visiting our website. Stay in touch via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+ too!