Patio & Deck: Repair or Replace?

Not sure if you should replace your deck or patio or if a repair will do the job? Give General Contracting by Liberty a call today and we can come take a look at your deck or patio.

Want to try to tackle this yourself? Be sure to thoroughly inspect all joists and beams for rot and connecting hardware for rust. If your hardware needs replacing, put in a temporary support.

Does your Deck need a good cleaning to make it like new again? Here's a non toxic cleaner suggestion that will do the trick. Be sure to thoroughly clean your deck BEFORE applying new stain.

DIY CLEANER

Here's a deck cleaner you can make yourself. Recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory, it's good for mildew and dirt.

• 1 qt. sodium hypochlorite solution (household bleach)

• ⅓ cup powdered laundry detergent

• 3 qts. warm water

In a 5-gal. plastic bucket, add the bleach and detergent to the water, then brush the cleaner onto the deck. Rinse thoroughly before applying a finish.

Caution: Do not use a detergent that contains ammonia. Ammonia and bleach react to form a poisonous gas.

Ready to stain your deck? Here are a few tips tips to help you.

Start applying stain at an inside corner and working out, applying the stain parallel to the deck boards. Sprayers work best and applya more even coat. But you can absolutely use a brush for excellect results. Just be sure your coats are even.

Additional coats should be applied while the first coat is still wet so that it better absorbs into the wood Stain won't peel, but it can wear away, especially in high-traffic areas. It is recommeneded that you apply a new coat of stain to your deck once a year to keep it looking like new.  Be sure to apply a clear colored water repellent in between stainings for added protection against rain.



*Tips taken from This Old House. Click here to read full article.

Of course, if you would rather not tackle this tedious task yourself, call the professionals at General Contracting at Liberty for a no obligation price quote.