Refinishing a deck is the process of taking a dull, weathered deck and restoring its finish to a like-new condition. There are two “standard” methods of refinishing a deck: chemical strippers with brighteners, and sanding. One option may leave you poisoned, and the other may leave your knees and back broken.
Not only are these processes hard on a deck, but they’re also hard on the environment, not to mention all the water that gets wasted through numerous stages of washing (typically 4-6 rounds of power washing). When pressure washers are used for removing gray, discolored areas of decks, the soft wood particles between the wood grains wash away and what's left is a ribbed, splintered deck. Watch out for slivers... you usually end up having to sand areas to remove burrs in the wood!
This method is far superior when needing to renovate your deck. It will remove a small layer of the old, gray wood and when done correctly, it results in a nice, even appearance. It doesn’t have the same “reach” as the chemical method. Edging against siding, stairs, and rails are often skipped because they are difficult to sand. The sanding dust creates a mess and when done incorrectly, the finished product doesn’t last very long (6-12 months).
At Webfoot, we’re serious about routine deck care and maintenance! We provide free yearly inspections after our initial refinish. When your deck is properly refinished, you should be able to clean it annually and prepare for winter weather with confidence.
Our process of refinishing uses a combination of sanding and light washing with non-toxic neutralizers. Our procedure is as follows: