Deck Refinishing Frequency

Deck Refinishing

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A wooden deck is a beautiful addition to any home, providing a comfortable outdoor space for relaxation and entertainment. However, like any outdoor structure, a wooden deck is exposed to various weather elements that can damage its surface. Over time, the wood can start to deteriorate, causing the deck to lose its appeal and become a safety hazard. To maintain the beauty and safety of your wooden deck, it’s important to refinish it regularly. But how often should you refinish a wooden deck?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, such as the type of wood used, the sun and moisture exposure, and the level of foot traffic on your deck. Generally, you should plan to refinish your deck floor every two to three years, and the deck railings every four to six years, but there are some cases where more frequent refinishing may be necessary.

One of the primary factors that affect how often you should refinish your deck is the type of wood used. Redwood and cedar are the more common woods used for decks in Colorado, and they hold stain very well. We recommend the normal refinishing schedule of two to three years for the floors and four to six years for the railings. Hardwoods like ipe are also common in Colorado. They are more dense and don’t hold stain very well, so we recommend refinishing hardwood floors every 1-3 years.

Another factor to consider is sun and rain exposure. If your deck is exposed and south facing, it may require more frequent refinishing. If your deck is covered or north facing, the stain can last longer than three years and require less frequent refinishing.

Lastly, the level of foot traffic on your deck can also affect how often you should refinish it. A deck that sees a lot of traffic, such as one that is frequently used for entertaining, will require more frequent refinishing than a deck that sees little use.

So, how do you know when it’s time to refinish your wooden deck? There are a few signs to look out for, such as:

  1. Fading of the deck stain
  2. Peeling stain on the railings
  3. Warping or bending of the wood
  4. Rough or splintered wood surface

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good indication that it’s time to refinish your deck. Contact us now for a quote, and see how we can help you maintain your deck your years to come!

— Neill McKenzie, Founder

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