Composite decking is one of the lowest maintenance decking options available. With a smooth surface that doesn’t splinter, composite decks are ideal for families, especially with children who love to run around with bare-feet. Although composite decks have these great qualities, the surface does fade from the elements. If you don’t mind the faded-deck look, you can get by without an annual staining. But, if you want to freshen and beautify your deck, here are some simple steps you can follow to do the project properly and inexpensively:
1. If your deck has mildew (almost all decks over a year old have mildew), it must be removed first.
2. Second, you want to gently sand the surface to remove the gloss on the composite material.
3. Let the deck completely dry before applying any paint or stain.
Another thing you should know is that once you paint or stain a composite deck, you will have to repeat the process every 3 to 5 years, because even the highest quality paints and stains receive abrasion from wear and from the elements.
One last thing: make note of whatever stain or paint you decide to use. When your deck needs a new finish years down the road, you will receive better results if you use the same or similar product.
Your deck will be better than new if you follow these steps!
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