I promised a post on a major deck redo. Between the weather and waiting for the contractor to do his part, it did indeed take the better part of the summer to complete. Our deck remains solid as a rock. When I built the house, I used 6×6 posts rather than 4×4’s because it makes it look much more substantial, especially because it is a raised deck, with more support posts underneath. This is a view of about 3/4’s of the deck, which runs along about 1/2 the length of the rear elevation.
So I went to the paint/hardware store and was told that the brand had been purchased and was no longer available, and additionally that oil stain was not not available in Virginia (and many others) anymore because of VOC prohibitions. Now mind you, this was a store where I went for many years, and took that as true. So when I asked what should I use now. I was told semi solid latex alkyd. I said, “over semi-transparent oil stain?”. “Yes”. Mistake number 2. So then I power washed, and prepared as instructed. I was assured that I did not have to strip the old finish, since there was little left, and no chipping or flaking. I put on the new finish. I hated the color, but it was as close as I could come to the original. It was much more beige than gray. So on it went. It was fine for two years and then it faded very quickly, and the deck boards themselves began to deteriorate. Nail popping was already a problem, and boards were much more difficult to keep clean. I began to avoid using the deck….it was looking ugly, and I would trip on nails or boards frequently.
So I did a lot of research on decks – on wood options, vs Azek or Trex and the like, or an ironwood like ipe. I learned a lot more, talked with a lot technical assistance departments, then had contractors come out, or not (another blog post all by itself) to give me options and estimates. I threw my hands in the air a lot in frustration. But in the end I think it came out really well. Tomorrow: what I can recommend in terms of products if you are considering a deck repair or a new deck, what products are rated the best, and how it all turned out….the reveal. KBJ and I just put in the last of the post caps and lights. Looking forward to sharing it all. Thanks for stopping by. laters, charisse