We purchased our home a little over 2 years ago knowing that cosmetic improvements were needed. We have been slowly making our house a home. One step at a time, remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.
With that said we needed to protect our aged deck from the sun and the rain badly. I couldn’t walk barefoot on our deck without the possibility of contracting splinters. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time enjoying the day out there, something had to be done.
So, upon our return from our trip to Seattle we got to work. Most people would power-wash the deck, then stain; however, the wood was so spent on the deck that there was a very real possibility that it would just all come up in splinters. For this reason, we took the extra time to sand the entire deck (with a hand-sander, because that is what we have). It was worth the effort. Then we decided to not only stain the deck, but to add Behr’s Deckover to protect our deck for a few more years.
Some tips while painting on Behr’s Deckover:
- You are going to want to use a roller over the deck, don’t. You will have to fill in so many cracks, and it doesn’t seem to stick to the wood as easily. Use a 4 inch brush. I know it’s not ideal, but you will be guaranteed to get into all the crevasses this way.
- The darker the deckover color the hotter it will be under foot in the sun. – We didn’t know this. To make up for it we are going to add an outdoor rug (especially because the puppies like to sun on the deck).
It only took us the space of a weekend, but this should protect our deck for at least another 3 – 5 years. I call that a win-win.
Picture on the left is before, pictures on the right are after.