Two years ago I had my back deck renovated. My first choice would to have been to remove it entirely, but the house was designed around a deck and try as I might I couldn't think of a way to eliminate it...so it was rebuilt. All this was done as efficiently and economically as possible. That is how you do things in a very old house that faces certain demolition when it is next sold.
All of the supports were replaced with new wood but by turning over the redwood planks on the decking we were able to reuse most of them, which was a huge saving. Not perfect but definitely passable.
Then I had to decide which type of finish and sealer to put on it. It had been painted before and the upkeep on that was enormous. After a lot of research I ended up using Arbor Coat, a Benjamin Moore product and it has really worked out well. I would highly recommend it.
But, after two years of hot, hot sun it was looking a little worn and needed a maintenance coat. So last week it was power washed (this surprisingly used less water than a regular hose), scrubbed down, re-stained in a few places and a new coat of sealer was applied.
Well...old new again. I think it is good to go for another two years...
and very ready for some al fresco dining!
I hope you have a lovely weekend. The next few days here are going to be very hot. Fall is sounding better and better.