How to Rescue an Old Cedar Deck
A thorough cleaning and a quick refinish give new life to a weather-beaten deck. Get tips for doing the job right from a professional refinisher.
Synopsis: A deck refinisher gives step-by-step instructions for properly refinishing a deck, beginning by cleaning the deck with specific products and tools, and then sanding and refinishing with the right equipment to keep the new finish looking great.
Although I started out as a carpenter, I’ve found that restoring decks is a really good niche in San Diego. In our beautiful climate, decks are an extension of the home, adding square footage and creating natural gathering spaces, perfect for entertaining and taking in Pacific views. Because they use them so often, people want their decks to look good, but sun and everything from pool chemicals to potted plants take their toll on a deck’s surface and framing. Although these things can affect the longevity of a deck, regular maintenance helps keep the problems in check. In Southern California, well-constructed and well-maintained decks can last 20 or 30 years. Neglected ones can rot…